Do you want to work as an animal geneticist?
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!
UPDATED: 31 August 2020
1. What is an animal geneticist?
Animal Geneticists analyze the genetic makeup of animals in order to discover which genes cause them to behave in certain ways.
2. What does an Animal Geneticist do?
The Animal Geneticist career can be found in the following career categories:
What does an Animal Geneticist focus on?
The primary focus of animal geneticists is to conduct research in the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of mainly domesticated animals.
What are the daily tasks of an Animal Geneticist?
- Discuss brief with clients or supervisors
- Harvest blood and cell samples of animals
- Study and analyze genomes
- Prepare reports on findings
- Administration and filing
3. The working environment of an Animal Geneticist
Where does an Animal Geneticist work?
Animal geneticists mainly work indoors, within a laboratory.
Places of Employment –
Most animal geneticists are employed full time by pharmaceutical companies, governments, breeding companies and universities.
What is the average annual salary of an Animal Geneticist?
On average the income per year is around $60,000. This will differ from country to country.
What difficulties can an Animal Geneticist face?
The most difficult part is working with temperamental animals, who may be prone to bite or kick. They may also work long hours and over weekends and holidays to finish work within tight deadlines.
Future growth and Possibilities
The future growth of the career job market looks promising, as geneticists are in demand to help produce livestock with higher yields.
4. Which Skills are required by an Animal Geneticist?
The skills required for a career as an animal geneticist 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.
- Critical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Decision making
- Problem Solving
- Effective communication
- Interpersonal relationship
- Basic customer service skills
- Good health and physical fitness
- Excellent computer literacy
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 an Animal Geneticist?
The minimum requirement for entry into this career is a Bachelor’s Degree. Most geneticists do study further, up to a Doctorate Degree (PhD), in order to specialize in a specific genetic field.
Possible majors to study includes animal science, biology, animal reproduction.
Short Courses –
There are several courses that will assist in developing the desired knowledge, including statistics, database creation or laboratory science.
The duration of College and Bachelor’s Degrees can be up to 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 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 geneticist 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.
Join the Animal Geneticists Group in the OZT Community 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
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.
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 statistics and laboratory procedures.
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- Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
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