Future career - BSc Animal Sciences

Most students continue in a master's programme. Read the stories of graduates about their first job and find out where they ended up after the MSc Animal Sciences.

Job branches and function after graduation 2018-2020.PNG

After graduation

Job Market

Most graduates choose a career in the industry in technical, commercial or managerial functions. Other graduates choose a career as scientific researcher at universities or research institutions. In the public sector (e.g. provincial, national or EU authorities), animal scientists work as policy advisors to, for example, develop legislation and policies for animal welfare and the environment. Others work for non-profit organisations. In addition, there are many more career opportunities, for example in financial services, zoos, IT branches or consultancies.

When you are interested to work as a teacher in secondary school or in vocational education, you can prepare yourself with a professional track in education in your master's programme.

The international character of the programme remains clearly visible even after the study. Almost 40% start a job abroad after graduation, in the context of development cooperation, as a researcher or from the industry.

Possible job functions

Depending on your specialisation you can find work, for example, as:

  • Researcher or promovendus at a university or research department
  • Policy adviser on issues related to animal welfare, health or agricultural land use
  • Animal feed product manager
  • High school biology teacher
  • Project leader of genetic biodiversity programs
  • Advisor in animal behavior or ecology

All are possible within the Netherlands or abroad

Check the career booklet for more examples.

From WUR to WORK

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