First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers

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About the Job

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of animal husbandry or animal care workers.

It is also Called

  • Wool Shearing Supervisor
  • Turkey Breeder Farm Manager
  • Top Screw
  • Swine Farm Manager
  • Stock Ranch Supervisor
  • Stock Raiser
  • Sow Manager
  • Sow Farm Manager
  • Shelter Supervisor
  • Shelter Monitor
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What They Do

  • Monitor eggs and adjust incubator thermometers and gauges to facilitate hatching progress and to maintain specified conditions.
  • Investigate complaints of animal neglect or cruelty, and follow up on complaints appearing to require prosecution.
  • Inseminate livestock artificially to produce desired offspring.
  • Recruit, hire, and pay workers.
  • Operate euthanasia equipment to destroy animals.
  • Plan budgets and arrange for purchase of animals, feed, or supplies.
  • Transport or arrange for transport of animals, equipment, food, animal feed, and other supplies to and from work sites.
  • Establish work schedules and procedures.
  • Inspect buildings, fences, fields or ranges, supplies, and equipment to determine work to be performed.
  • Direct and assist workers in maintenance and repair of facilities.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ER.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Achievement and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • 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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

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In 2014, the average annual wage in Washington was $52,650 with most people making between $23,320 and $84,300


avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 4,270 people in Washington. It is projected that there will be 4,550 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 28 openings due to growth and about 92 replacement openings for approximately 120 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

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