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First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of animal husbandry or animal care workers.   (O'Net 45-1011.08)

 
Reported job titles:   Animal Care Supervisor, Animal Caretaker Supervisor, Animal Maintenance Supervisor, Animal Shelter Manager, Artificial Breeding Ranch Supervisor, Barn Boss, Barn Manager, Beef Cattle Operations Manager, Breeder Complex Manager, Camp Boss, Camp Tender, Cattle Manager, Corral Boss, Dairy Farm Operations Manager, Dairy Farm Supervisor, Dairy Manager, Farm Manager, Farm Supervisor, Farrowing Manager, Feed Manager, Game Farm Supervisor, Game Preserve Manager, Gamekeeper, Hatchery Manager, Hatchery Supervisor, Head Animal Keeper, Herdsman, Horse Farm Manager, Kennel Manager, Kennel Staff Member, Kennel Supervisor, Laboratory Animal Facility Supervisor, Livestock Yard Supervisor, Menagerie Superintendent, Parlor Manager, Poultry Farm Supervisor, Poultry Hatchery Supervisor, Ramrod, Ranch Manager, Ranch Supervisor, Research Dairy Farm Supervisor, Research Kennel Supervisor, Sheep Operations Manager, Shelter Monitor, Shelter Supervisor, Sow Farm Manager, Sow Manager, Stock Raiser, Stock Ranch Supervisor, Swine Farm Manager, Top Screw, Turkey Breeder Farm Manager, Wool Shearing Supervisor
 
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    Wages
    for First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers which includes:
                          - First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
                          - First-Line Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers
                          - First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
                          - First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 12.74   $ 16.66   $ 21.07   $ 24.43   $ 29.23   $ 21.17  
    Yearly $26,500   $34,650   $43,810   $50,820   $60,800   $44,030  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 15.12   $ 17.27   $ 21.03   $ 24.49   $ 28.43   $ 20.93  
    Yearly $31,440   $35,920   $43,740   $50,940   $59,140   $43,540  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 11.64   $ 14.60   $ 19.67   $ 24.07   $ 28.43   $ 19.50  
    Yearly $24,210   $30,370   $40,910   $50,060   $59,130   $40,560  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 19.92   $ 21.03   $ 22.87   $ 26.76   $ 45.08   $ 26.62  
    Yearly $41,430   $43,730   $47,560   $55,650   $93,760   $55,360  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers which includes:
                                  - First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
                                  - First-Line Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers
                                  - First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
                                  - First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 345 357 0.3% 9
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers which includes:
                                - First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
                                - First-Line Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers
                                - First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
                                - First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Crop production 22.0%
    Animal production and aquaculture 21.7%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 20.1%
    Forestry and logging 13.7%
    Support activities for agriculture and forestry 4.8%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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  • Observe animals for signs of illness, injury, or unusual behavior, notifying veterinarians or managers as warranted.
     
  • Monitor animal care, maintenance, breeding, or packing and transfer activities to ensure work is done correctly.
     
  • Train workers in animal care procedures, maintenance duties, and safety precautions.
     
  • Treat animal illnesses or injuries, following experience or instructions of veterinarians.
     
  • Assign tasks such as feeding and treatment of animals, and cleaning and maintenance of animal quarters.
     
  • Perform the same animal care duties as subordinates.
     
  • Prepare reports concerning facility activities, employees' time records, and animal treatment.
     
  • Confer with managers to determine production requirements, conditions of equipment and supplies, and work schedules.
     
  • Study feed, weight, health, genetic, or milk production records to determine feed formulas and rations and breeding schedules.
     
  • Direct and assist workers in maintenance and repair of facilities.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers  updated June 2007
     


    Knowledge
    for First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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  • 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.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
     
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers  updated June 2007
     


    Skills
    for First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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  • 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.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
     
  • 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).
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers  updated June 2007
     


    Work Activities
    for First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates - Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others - Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
     
  • Scheduling Work and Activities - Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers  updated June 2007
     


    Interests
    for First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers  updated June 2007
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers  updated June 2007
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Animal Sciences, General.
     
    • Animal Sciences, Other.
     
    • Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production.
     
    • Dairy Husbandry and Production.
     
    • Dairy Science.
     
    • Farm/Farm and Ranch Management.
     
    • Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management.
     
    • Livestock Management.
     
    • Poultry Science.
     
     Search for schools offering these programs at
     
     
     
    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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