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45-2021.00 - Animal Breeders

Select and breed animals according to their genealogy, characteristics, and offspring. May require knowledge of artificial insemination techniques and equipment use. May involve keeping records on heats, birth intervals, or pedigree.

Sample of reported job titles: Animal Technician, Artificial Insemination Technician (AI Technician), Artificial Inseminator, Breeder, Breeding Manager, Broodmare Foreman, Dog Breeder, Donor Manager, Large Herd Specialist, Stallion Manager

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Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Feed and water animals, and clean and disinfect pens, cages, yards, and hutches. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe animals in heat to detect approach of estrus and exercise animals to induce or hasten estrus, if necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Treat minor injuries and ailments and contact veterinarians to obtain treatment for animals with serious illnesses or injuries. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Purchase and stock supplies of feed and medicines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select animals to be bred, and semen specimens to be used, according to knowledge of animals, genealogies, traits, and desired offspring characteristics. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine animals to detect symptoms of illness or injury. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Build hutches, pens, and fenced yards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record animal characteristics such as weights, growth patterns, and diets. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Brand, tattoo, or tag animals to allow animal identification. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Arrange for sale of animals and eggs to hospitals, research centers, pet shops, and food processing plants. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Place vaccines in drinking water, inject vaccines, or dust air with vaccine powder to protect animals from diseases. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Bathe and groom animals. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Exercise animals to keep them in healthy condition. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust controls to maintain specific building temperatures required for animals' health and safety. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain logs of semen specimens used and animals bred. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inject prepared animal semen into female animals for breeding purposes, by inserting nozzle of syringe into vagina and depressing syringe plunger. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare containers of semen for freezing and storage or shipment, placing them in dry ice or liquid nitrogen. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clip or shear hair on animals. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Package and label semen to be used for artificial insemination, recording information such as the date, source, quality, and concentration. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Exhibit animals at shows. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software — Questionmark Perception; VSN International GenStat See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer based training software — Respondus See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Breedtrak; Microsoft Access Hot technology ; Reudink Software ZooEasy; Winners Programs BirdStud (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Desktop publishing software — Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Suite See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Hot technology ; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Microsoft Internet Explorer See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Operating system software — Microsoft Windows Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Microsoft SharePoint Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • Animal husbandry equipment — Animal pregnancy testing kits; Dehorners; Ovulation prediction monitors; Semen collection kits (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Animal watering machines — Automatic watering devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Artificial inseminating machine — Horse breeding chutes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Benchtop centrifuges — Laboratory benchtop centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Laboratory binocular microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial water heaters — Submersible stock tank heaters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA typing kits — DNA typing kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras — Compact digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dropping pipettes — Laboratory dropping pipettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Feed mixers — Automated feed batch mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators — Mechanical laboratory incubators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hematology analyzers — Animal blood analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydrometers — Densimeters; Sperm counters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers — Computer laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Livestock identification equipment — Branding equipment; Ear tagging equipment; Microchip scanners; Tattoo equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Livestock restraint chute — Livestock restraint treatment stalls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes — Lead radiology aprons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use — External ultrasound units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microscope stages — Stage warmers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Handheld computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radio frequency transmitters or receivers — Birth alarms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Semen collection instrument — Artificial vaginas See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Semen packaging instrument — Semen collection containers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty plates for bacteria — Agar plates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrometers — Spectroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Storage tanks — Liquid nitrogen storage tank See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories — Animal blood collection syringes; Animal vaccination syringes; Artificial insemination syringes; Lethal injection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water baths — Laboratory water baths See more occupations related to this tool.

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Care for animals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean equipment or facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform animal breeding procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor animal behavior or condition. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate with other workers to coordinate activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Treat animal injuries or illnesses. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare materials or solutions for animal or plant use. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sell agricultural products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order medical supplies or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Purchase products or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide care for animals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Examine animals to detect illness, injury or other problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain operational records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Build agricultural structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mark agricultural or forestry products for identification. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Package agricultural products for shipment or further processing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Promote agricultural or hunting activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record agricultural or forestry inventory data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove skin or other body parts from animals. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 94% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 80% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 70% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 58% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Under Cover — 27% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 29% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 35% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 38% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 32% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 38% responded “Occasional contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 35% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 37% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 31% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 34% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 22% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 33% responded “Extremely competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include orderlies, counter and rental clerks, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
86   High school diploma or equivalent Help
6   Post-secondary certificate Help
4   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

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  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2018) $17.82 hourly, $37,060 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2018) 9,000 employees
Projected growth (2018-2028) Slower than average (2% to 3%) Slower than average (2% to 3%)
Projected job openings (2018-2028) 1,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2018)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 wage data external site and 2018-2028 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018-2028). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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