College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Career Exploration


The following resources can help you explore possible careers available with an ANSC degree, see what those careers actually look like (duties, salary, etc), and narrow down what jobs might be a good fit for you.

Career Fairs - UMD's Career Center hosts a number of career fairs every semester, which are a great way to talk to potential employers face-to-face and learn about available jobs. Career Fair dates and informations are posted on their website.

Cornell University's Animal Careers page - helpful list of a number of Animal Science careers, including: basic job descriptions, degree required, skills required, market sector, and relative salary. This is a great resource to help you get inspired as to the range of jobs available in this field.

Informational Interviews - Identify someone working in a job you're interested in, and reach out to them to request an informational interview. Informational interviews provide you with an opportunity to find out specific information about a particular industry or role you’re interested in from someone who’s already established in that field. Informational interviews are a great way to learn more about a position or a company, and help you determine if that job would be a good fit.

Occupational Outlook Guidebook - Provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.


UMD Career Center

There are a number of excellent resources available through the UMD Career Center. We encourage you to explore the Career Center website and take advantage of those resources, both online and in person. You will need to be registered (registration is free) with Careers4Terps to use the Career Center resources. While there are many great resources, these two are particularly useful in helping students trying to figure out what careers may be a good fit:

  • FOCUS2 assessment - Online self-assessment designed to help students identify what types of careers may be a good fit for your interests and aptitudes.
  • Vault - contains employer and industry insights, as well as company rankings and reviews



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