Animal Scientists

Also Called: Animal Nutrition Consultant,Animal Nutritionist,Research and Development Director (R&D Director),Research Nutritionist

What they do:

Conduct research in the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of domestic farm animals.

On the job:

  • Study nutritional requirements of animals and nutritive values of animal feed materials.
  • Advise producers about improved products and techniques that could enhance their animal production efforts.
  • Develop improved practices in feeding, housing, sanitation, or parasite and disease control of animals.


Math and Science

  • biology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods

  • food production
  • manufacture and distribution of products

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills

  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
  • reading work related information

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it



  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing

Ideas and Logic

  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems


  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


Preparation Required: Extensive preparation needed
Education Typically required: doctoral degree or master's degree



Outlook: New job opportunities are likely in the future.

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Colleges / Training Institutions with programs for Animal Scientists

Lansing Community College -