Animal Systems Careers

Are you interested in raising and caring for animals? Or are you interested in developing more efficient ways of producing and processing meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products? Do you want to work on a farm or in a veterinarian's office?

Consider a career in animal systems. You might study genetics, nutrition, reproduction, care of domesticated farm animals. You might also provide medical services to farm or nonfarm animals.

Use the resources below to discover animal systems career options, plan your education, and explore the job market.

What Can I Do With This Major?

Below are sample majors in the animal systems pathway.  Select a major to learn about industries you might work in, the types of employers that hire a major, and find strategies to prepare you for a job.

Are you ready to set your education goals and gain the skills you need to work in agribusiness? Use the resources below to get started.

Plan Your AFNR Education
Find tools to help you set your goals, pay for college, find a program, and more.

Find Campuses & Programs
Search for animal systems programs at Minnesota State.

Before you invest in a career, it's important to understand the job market. Based on where you want to live, you may have different opportunities. Use the resources below to learn about some of the employers in your region. You can research job postings to understand the skills and training these employers are looking for. After you've done some research on your own, make sure you talk to as many people as possible who are knowledgeable about the career. You can talk to your teachers and counselors. You can also reach out to an employer to do an informational interview about the jobs they offer.

Sample Job Titles

Animal Care Worker, Veterinarian, Animal Technician, Veterinary Technician, Pet Stylist, Dog Groomer, Assistant Farm Manager, Poultry Farm Specialist, Specialist Fisheries, Animal Scientist, Fish Wildlife Biologist

Source: Gartner TalentNeuron

Sample Employers

  • Blue Pearl
  • Christensen Farms
  • Hormel Foods
  • Land O' Lakes
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Petco
  • ROVER
  • State of Minnesota
  • University Of Minnesota
  • VCA Antech Inc.
  • Blue Pearl
  • Christensen Farms
  • Hormel Foods
  • Jennie-O Turkey Store
  • Land O' Lakes
  • Life-science Innovations
  • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Minnesota Native Landscapes
  • Petco
  • ROVER
  • Airport Animal Hospital
  • Blue Pearl
  • Borderland Humane Society
  • GPAC
  • Great Lakes Aquarium
  • Lake Superior Zoo
  • Land O' Lakes
  • Petco
  • State of Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota
  • American Foods Group, LLC
  • CHS Inc
  • Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • GPAC
  • Hormel Foods Sales
  • Land O' Lakes
  • R.D. Offutt Company
  • RDO Equipment
  • State of Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota
  • Blue Pearl
  • Holden Farms
  • Hormel Foods
  • Jennie-O Turkey Store
  • Land O' Lakes
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Petco
  • Syngenta
  • Vetco Clinics
  • VCA Antech Inc
  • CHS
  • Christensen Farms
  • Department of Agriculture
  • GPAC
  • JBS
  • Land O' Lakes
  • Michael Foods, Inc
  • Petco
  • Pipestone System
  • Wakefield Pork
  • Animal Humane Society
  • Blue Pearl
  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
  • Land O' Lakes
  • Petco
  • ROVER
  • State of Minnesota
  • US Fish and Wildlife Services
  • University of Minnesota
  • VCA Antech Inc

These employers posted jobs in animal systems during 2020 - 2021.

Source: Gartner TalentNeuron

Find Job Openings

Find a job in animal systems in your region.

  1. Navigate to the Job Search on Minnesota State CAREERwise.
  2. Copy and paste the keyword string below into the Keyword filter.
    Keyword string:
    "Agriculture" OR "Agri" OR "Agro" OR "farm" OR "beef" OR "swine" OR "pork" OR "chicken" OR "poultry" OR "duck" OR "goose" OR "geese" OR "feed" OR "tractor" OR "harvest" OR "food" OR "animal" OR "fish" OR "dairy" OR "ranch"
  3. Use the Location filter in the left column to select a Minnesota region or to search by ZIP code. From the region dropdown you can also choose to search the state of Minnesota.
  4. In addition to the keywords above you can use Occupation Category to filter your search results. Select one of the options listed below.

    -Farming, Fishing, and Forestry
    -Healthcare Practitioners and Technical
    -Healthcare Support
    -Life, Physical, and Social Science
    -Management

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