Animal Breeders and Technicians

Animal breeders and technicians help breed, raise, and market a variety of animals: cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, mules, and poultry for livestock; pets such as canaries, parrots, dogs, and cats; and other more exotic animals such as ostriches, alligators, minks, and many zoo animals. Technicians who are primarily involved with the breeding and feeding of animals are sometimes referred to as animal husbandry technicians. There are approximately 1,240 animal breeders in the United States.

Breeders and technicians are concerned with the propagation, feeding, housing, health, production, and marketing of animals. These technicians work in many different settings and capacities. They may supervise unskilled farm workers; serve as field representatives assisting in the sales of animals to customers; work in kennels, stables, ranches, or zoos reproducing species and breeds for other clients or their own organization; or work on their own on a particular breed of interest. The diversity of employment available for well-trained and well-qualified animal breeders and technicians makes this career extremely flexible. As science progresses, opportunities for these technicians should broaden.

Quick Facts
Duties Breed, raise, and market a variety of animals such as cattle, pigs, horses, dogs, cats, and zoo animals
Alternate Title(s) Animal Husbandry Technicians
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Business
Experience Internships, volunteering
  • Business Management
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Livestock Ranch Owner, or Feedlot Manager, or Consultant
  • Animal Breeder/Technician
  • Assistant Animal Breeder/Technician

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