Do you want to work as a dairy scientist?

READ: This page helps you to read about the career and the info you need to decide on whether this is indeed the career you want to follow.

RESEARCH: ​Learn about the skills required and minimum subjects to enter this career, as well as the places where you can study further after school.

PREPARE: If you want to plan and prepare for the career, then join the OZT Community! Members have access to tools, while chatting with other students and experts from around the world. Prepare to be amazed!

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1. What is a dairy scientist?

Dairy scientists focus their research on ways to more efficiently produce and process milk. Much of this research is concerned with nutrition, reproduction, growth, and the genetics of mainly dairy cows and goats. A dairy scientists may therefore work with all matters related to dairy production, or specialize in specific research.

2. What does a Dairy Scientist do?

Career Categories

The Dairy Scientist career can be found in the following career categories:

  • Health
  • Farming & Livestock Management

What does a Dairy Scientist focus on?

The primary focus of a dairy scientist is to research ways to help increase milk production and streamline milk processing.

What are the daily tasks of a Dairy Scientist?

  • Research best milking machinery
  • Oversee proper nutrition for livestock
  • Manage milking schedules
  • Manage storage and transport of milk
  • Research milking quality
  • Research livestock genetics and reproduction
  • Administration and filing

3. The working environment of a Dairy Scientist

Where does a Dairy Scientist work?

Environment –

Dairy scientists mainly work indoors, in a laboratory, or within the areas where the animals are milked.

Places of Employment –

They may be employed by dairy farms, milk processing plants, research laboratories, or government.

What is the average annual salary of a Dairy Scientist?

On average the income per year is around $65,000. This will differ from country to country.

What difficulties can a Dairy Scientist face?

They may work long hours and over weekends and holidays to finish work within tight deadlines.

​Future growth and Possibilities

The career has seen a steady increase over the past few years, with a predicted 5% increase year on year.

4. Which Skills are required by a Dairy Scientist?

The skills required for a career as a dairy scientist can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship
Life Skills
40%

Career Skills

  • ​Good business knowledge
  • Basic customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Excellent computer literacy
Career Skills
60%

5. Which Subjects must I have at School to prepare for this career?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

6. What will I need to Study to become a Dairy Scientist?

Minimum Requirements

The minimum qualification for entering this career is a Bachelor’s Degree

Study Focus

Major –

The major subjects will depend on what you want to specialize in, including animal nutrition, milk production, agricultural science, or even veterinary science.

Study Duration

The duration of a Bachelor’s Degrees is either 3 or 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

Possible Career Preparation Paths

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Possible Combined Career Paths

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Training and apprenticeship

Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as a dairy scientist will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.

In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.

Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior scientists or expert.

Join the Dairy Scientists Group in STEP 8 to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!

Average level of education of all the people who enter the career

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

7. Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.

Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.

Learn more about requirements by joining the OZT Community.

Professional Associations

  • None added yet

8. Where can I study further?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards dairy science.

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Members of the Platform have special access to:

  • Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
  • Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
  • Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
  • Make friends around the world and share knowledge
  • Compete and win points, badges, games, prizes and certificates. Be the best of the best, while you learn and prepare!

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