If you work as an Animal Breeder, you likely select and breed animals according to their genealogy, characteristics, and offspring. Working as an animal breeder, you may require knowledge of artificial insemination techniques and equipment use. In addition, you likely keep records on heats, birth intervals, or pedigree. You may also have the job title of Animal Technician, Artificial Insemination Technician, Artificial Inseminator, Breeder, Dog Breeder, Large Herd Specialist.
- Care for animals.
- Clean equipment or facilities.
- Perform animal breeding procedures.
- Monitor animal behavior or condition.
- Communicate with other workers to coordinate activities.
- Treat animal injuries or illnesses.
- Prepare materials or solutions for animal or plant use.
- Sell agricultural products.
- Order medical supplies or equipment.
- Purchase products or services.
- Provide care for animals.
- Examine animals to detect illness, injury or other problems.
Median Wage 2019: approximately $43,000 annually
Job opportunities are less likely in the future as growth in this career subsector is below average.
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Agricultural workers need physical strength and stamina to keep up with their tasks, but they also need technical skills and strong teamwork. These workers maintain crops and tend to livestock, under the supervision of farmers and ranchers. Although some agricultural workers do all types of work around a farm, many focus on a few tasks. Agricultural equipment operators use tractors, combines, conveyor belts, and other farm equipment to plow and sow seeds, then maintain and harvest crops. They also perform minor repairs on the equipment. Crop, nursery, and greenhouse farmworkers and laborers grow fruit, nuts, trees, flowers, and other crops through every phase from planting and pruning, to harvesting and loading for shipment. Farm and ranch animal farmworkers feed and care for animals, including cattle, pigs, goats, fish, and bees. They monitor their health, clean shelters, and administer medications or insecticides. Animal breeders select and breed animals to produce offspring with desired characteristics, such as chickens that lay more eggs. Some raise cats, dogs, and other pets. Many agricultural workers have seasonal schedules, with longer hours during planting or harvesting times. The work is nearly all outdoors in all kinds of weather, and involves lifting, crouching, and carrying heavy tools. Risks include exposure to pesticides, and injury from farm machinery or farm animals. Typically, specific education is not required, and on-the-job training is provided. Animal breeders need a high school diploma or equivalent and must be licensed in some states. A valid driver’s license is required for some jobs.
For more information
- National Association of Animal Breeders
- Breeder and Rescue Certification
- American Kennel Club
- American Hereford Association
- American Shorthorn Association
- Natural Rearing Breeders Association
- The Livestock Conservancy
- American Brahman Breeders Association
- American Rabbit Breeders Association
- American Boer Goat Association
- The Cat Fanciers’ Association
- New York Thoroughbred Breeders Association
- USDA Dog Breeder Guide (.pdf)
- Hereford World
- AKC Library and Archives
- Shorthorn Country Magazine
- Natural Rearing Breeders Newsletter Archives
- Journal of Animal Science
- New York Thoroughbred Breeder Magazine
- ARBA Blog and Articles
- Boer Goat Magazine
- World Wildlife Magazine
- Live Science - Animals (Science News, Trending articles)
You will need a high school diploma or equivalent if considering a career in the field of animal breeding. Some states require an occupational license to work in this subsector. An apprenticeship is helpful in addition to completion of a certificate program. In addition, advance degree programs in the area of agricultural animal breeding are available. To find an institution of higher education that offers a program relative to your career aspirations as an animal breeder, the easiest place to start for most people is to perform a simple search by area of interest. Overall, there are certificate programs in public and private organizations across the country. A few colleges and universities offer advanced degree programs in the following areas:
- Animal Breeding
- Agriculture Animal Breeding
- Agriculture and Biotechnology
Use the link provided below and the ‘Browse for Program’ button to search by program area: