Future career - MSc Animal Sciences

Now you know what the programme entails, naturally you want to know which career opportunities to pursue afterwards. Animal scientists can be stationed in many areas, but they mainly find work in the industry, at research institutions, the public sector or non-profit organisations. Read the stories of alumni about their first job after graduation and find out where they ended up after the master's Animal Sciences.

After graduation

Job Market

Job branches and function after graduation 2018-2020.PNG

Animal scientists can be stationed in many areas. After completing the MSc Animal Sciences, graduates mainly find work in the industry, at research institutions, the public sector or non-profit organisations.

In industry, graduates primarily work in technical, commercial or managerial functions. Many graduates choose a career as scientific researcher at universities or research institutions in the Netherlands or abroad. 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. In addition, there are many more career opportunities, for example in financial services, veterinary branches, 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:

  • Scientific researcher
  • Behaviour consultant
  • Nutritionist Advisor at a bank
  • Product manager
  • Geneticist Account manager
  • Quality manager
  • Policy officer
  • Teacher for higher education