Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Job Titles & Salaries

The animal science major at Cal Poly has been carefully designed to provide practical livestock exposure balanced with a broad science requirement to qualify students from an urban background for employment in a wide variety of animal-oriented occupations. Options leading to a bachelor of science degree are available in pre-veterinary science, animal management, animal agri-business, animal health science and equine industries. Flexibility in course selection allows students to select species-related courses in horses, swine, sheep, beef cattle and companion animals as well as meat science.


Animal Science

The Animal Science department curriculum emphasizes management practices involved with the selection, feeding, breeding, production, marketing and utilization of domestic animals. The courses are designed to qualify students for employment in the science and business phases of the animal industry. Practical laboratory experience in the various production courses which, coupled with a broad science background, prepares students for employment in a wide variety of animal related occupations.

The Animal Industry-Agribusiness Option prepares students for management positions in the production and marketing of animal agri-business products. Particular emphasis is given to agri-businesses needing animal expertise as part of their management or marketing team. The option is of particular value to the student planning to teach agriculture at the secondary level or to serve in less developed countries.

The Animal Industry-Equine Option is designed to prepare students for employment in related agri-business opportunities in the equine industry. The option combines coursework in equine production, nutrition, genetics, and diseases, with studies in the management aspects of an equine enterprise.

The Pre-Veterinary Science/Graduate School Option satisfies requirements for admission to veterinary or graduate school, for related medical technical fields and for graduate study in animal nutrition, meat science, animal breeding and animal physiology.

Animal Health Science

The Animal Health Science degree program prepares students to become veterinary nurses and to sit for state and national animal health accreditation agencies and licensing agency exams. Graduates with this option can pursue careers as veterinary assistants in public and private facilities or as veterinary technologists in public health organizations and research institutions.


The Physiology Minor is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for careers in biomedical fields utilizing a knowledge of physiology.

The Quantitative Research Minor is another interdisciplinary program that prepares students to conduct quantitative analyses in their field using statistics, principles of experimental design, survey and data analysis techniques.

Job Titles

Listed below are some of the specific job titles available for graduates in this major:

  • Agricultural Cooperative/Extension Service
  • Agricultural Commissioner
  • Agricultural Commodity Grader/Dairy
  • Agricultural Commodity Grader/Poultry
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural Inspector
  • Agricultural Journalist
  • Agricultural Legislative Aide
  • Agricultural Loan Officer
  • Agricultural Products Sales Representative.
  • Agricultural Recruiting Consultant
  • Agriculture Research Scientist
  • Animal Control Officer
  • Animal Geneticist
  • Animal Health Technician
  • Animal Trainer
  • Aquaculture
  • Artificial Insemination Technician
  • Attorney at Law/Agriculture
  • Beef Cattle Association/Bull Test Manager
  • Bloodstock Agent
  • Boarding Stable Manager
  • Breed Association/Performance Programs Personnel
  • Breed Registry Association Field Representative
  • Breeding Farm Manager
  • Clinical Lab. Technologist
  • Commercial Animal Illustrator
  • Computer Programmer and Consultant
  • Dairy Cattle Classifier
  • Dairy Herd Improvement Association
  • Technician
  • Dairy Herd Manager
  • Dairy Market Reporter
  • Dairy Sanitation Inspector Education
  • Embryo Transplant Technician
  • Equine Business Administration
  • Equine Insurance Agent
  • Equine Management Consultant
  • Equine Practitioner
  • Equine Transportation Services
  • Fair Manager
  • Farm and Ranch Real Estate Sales
  • Farm Manager
  • Farrier
  • Federal Meat Grader
  • Feed and Grain Broker and Buyer
  • Feed Distributor
  • Feed Industry Organization Personnel
  • Feed Mill Manager
  • Feed Sales
  • Feedlot Manager
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Fitting and Showing Services
  • Food Service Specialist
  • Food Technologist
  • Foreign Agricultural Services
  • Freelance Writer
  • Groom
  • Horse Show Judge
  • Horse Show Photographer
  • Horse Trainer
  • Hospital Attendant
  • Humane Society Executive Director
  • Import/Export Worker
  • Industry Organizations/Policy
  • Representative
  • Laboratory Animal Technician
  • Laying Hen Enterprise Manager
  • Livestock Auctioneer
  • Livestock Brand Inspector
  • Livestock Buyer and Broker
  • Livestock Enterprise Management
  • Livestock Judge/Evaluator
  • Livestock Market News Reporter
  • Livestock Officer, Food & Agriculture
  • Organization of the United Nations
  • Livestock Production Operations
  • Livestock Promotional Organization
  • Representative
  • Livestock Technician
  • Livestock Transportation Services
  • Management Consultant
  • Marketing/Sales/Distribution
  • Meat and Poultry Inspector
  • Meat Production Supervisor
  • Meat Cutter
  • Media/Advertising and Public Relations
  • Pedigree Analyst
  • Poultry Association Personnel
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Poultry Fieldman
  • Poultry Management Consultant
  • Poultry Market Reporter
  • Poultry Sales and Distribution
  • Poultry Technician
  • Professional Equestrian
  • Purebred & Commercial Sheep Enterprise Manager
  • Quality Control/Assurance
  • Race Horse Trainer
  • Range Manager
  • Regulation Compliance Officer
  • Rehabilitation Specialist/Equine
  • Research and Development Research Associate
  • Research Dairy Nutritionist Retail/Wholesale District Manager Riding Instructor
  • Sales Manager
  • Serologist/Blood Typing
  • Sheep Shearer
  • Swine Management Services Representative
  • Swine Seed Stock Producer Representative
  • Swine Test Station Manager
  • Technician/Livestock Services & Sales
  • Trade Organization Staff
  • University Professor
  • Veterinarian/Equine
  • Veterinarian/Exotic
  • Veterinarian/Government
  • Veterinarian/Large Animal
  • Veterinarian/Livestock Inspector
  • Veterinarian/Military
  • Veterinarian/Research
  • Veterinarian/Small Animal
  • Veterinarian/Teacher
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Vocational Agricultural Instructor
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Wildlife Conservation Officer
  • Wool and Mohair Buyer
  • Zoo Curator
  • Zoo Director
  • Zoo Keeper