The livestock industry offers various career opportunities for individuals interested in animal science, agriculture, and related fields. Here are some career paths you can consider:

Livestock Production

Livestock production involves raising and managing livestock for various purposes, such as meat, milk, or fiber production. This includes jobs such as livestock farmers, ranchers, and herd managers.

Animal Health

Animal health professionals work to prevent and treat diseases and injuries in livestock. This includes jobs such as veterinarians, animal health technicians, and animal scientists.

Sales and Marketing

Sales and marketing professionals work to promote and sell livestock and livestock products. This includes jobs such as sales representatives, marketing managers, and product development specialists.

Research and Development

Research and development professionals work to advance the science of animal nutrition, genetics, and reproduction. This includes jobs such as research scientists, animal breeders, and geneticists.

One specific career path within the livestock industry is beef nutrition. Beef nutritionists work to develop and implement feeding programs that optimize the health, growth, and productivity of beef cattle. To work in beef nutrition, it’s important to obtain a degree in animal science or nutrition, complete relevant coursework, gain practical experience in the beef industry, network with professionals, and consider obtaining certifications such as the Certified Professional Animal Scientist designation.

In addition to education and experience, successful careers in the livestock industry require a passion for working with animals, an understanding of agricultural practices and regulations, and strong communication and problem-solving skills. The industry offers a diverse range of opportunities for individuals with a variety of backgrounds and interests.

If you’re interested in a career in the livestock industry, consider exploring the many opportunities available and taking steps to gain the necessary education and experience. With dedication and hard work, you can build a rewarding career working with animals and contributing to the agriculture industry.

For more information on careers in pork and poultry contact Trish Valenzuela at  

Trish Valenzuela
Practice Director, Monogastric Health & Nutrition
Continental Search
Ocean View, DE 

For more information on careers in dairy and beef contact Rick Pascual at    

Rick Pascual
Practice Director, Ruminant Health & Nutrition
Continental Search
Ocean View, DE