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First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
SOC Code: 45-1011.08

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

Sample of reported job titles: Animal Care Supervisor, Animal Caretaker Supervisor, Broiler Supervisor, Cattle Manager, Facility Manager, Facility Supervisor, Feed Manager, Horse Farm Manager, Research Animal Facility Supervisor, Sow Farm Manager

Tasks

  • Assign tasks such as feeding and treatment of animals, and cleaning and maintenance of animal quarters.
  • 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.
  • Treat animal illnesses or injuries, following experience or instructions of veterinarians.
  • Establish work schedules and procedures.
  • Train workers in animal care procedures, maintenance duties, and safety precautions.
  • Perform the same animal care duties as subordinates.
  • Transport or arrange for transport of animals, equipment, food, animal feed, and other supplies to and from work sites.
  • Inspect buildings, fences, fields or ranges, supplies, and equipment to determine work to be performed.
  • Prepare reports concerning facility activities, employees' time records, and animal treatment.
  • Direct and assist workers in maintenance and repair of facilities.
  • Confer with managers to determine production requirements, conditions of equipment and supplies, and work schedules.
  • Investigate complaints of animal neglect or cruelty, and follow up on complaints appearing to require prosecution.
  • Recruit, hire, and pay workers.
  • Study feed, weight, health, genetic, or milk production records to determine feed formulas and rations and breeding schedules.
  • Inseminate livestock artificially to produce desired offspring.
  • Operate euthanasia equipment to destroy animals.
  • Plan budgets and arrange for purchase of animals, feed, or supplies.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - Sage 50 Accounting
  • Calendar and scheduling software - Employee scheduling software
  • Data base user interface and query software - Cattlesoft CattleMax; Data entry software ; Lion Edge Technologies Ranch Manager; Valley Agricultural Software DairyCOMP 305
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - Midwest MicroSystems Cow Sense
  • Expert system software - Valley Agricultural Software Feed Watch
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Agricultural tractors - Multipurpose tractors
  • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled - Four wheel drive 4WD vehicles
  • Animal husbandry equipment - Debeakers; Dehorners; Feed wagons; Tail dockers
  • Animal shearing or clipping equipment - Clipping equipment; Shearing equipment
  • Animal watering machines - Automatic watering devices
  • Animal weighing scales - Electronic animal scales
  • Blood collection syringes - Blood drawing syringes
  • Bridles - Horse bridles
  • Cargo trucks - Grain trucks
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Conveyor screw - Feed conveyors
  • Desktop computers
  • Egg inspection or collecting equipment - Egg candlers; Egg grading machines; Egg washing machines
  • Feed mixers - Automated feed batch mixers
  • Fog or mist generators - Fumigators
  • Hand sprayers - Handheld spray guns
  • Incubators or brooders for poultry - Poultry incubators
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles - Light pickup trucks
  • Livestock identification equipment - Ear tagging equipment
  • Livestock trailers - Animal trailers
  • Milking machines - Milk separators; Milking equipment
  • Nebulizer or accessories - Nebulizers
  • Personal computers
  • Post hole digger - Post hole diggers
  • Power drills - Cordless drills
  • Respirators - Dust and particulate respirators
  • Saddles - Horse saddles
  • Shovels - Long handle shovels
  • Snowplow attachments - Snowplows
  • Spades - Digging spades
  • Veterinary castration instruments - Castration equipment
  • Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories - Animal injection syringes; Animal vaccination syringes; Balling guns; Veterinary intravenous IV sets (see all 5 examples)
  • Veterinary nail trimmers or cutters - Hoof trimmers; Nail trimmers

Knowledge

  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • 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.

Skills

  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • 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.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Abilities

  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • 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.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.

Interests

  • Interest code: ER
    • 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.

Work Context

  • Contact With Others - 69% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 75% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Time Pressure - 66% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 76% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 53% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Telephone - 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 65% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 55% responded “Every day.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 63% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 49% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 39% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 43% responded “Very important.”
  • Electronic Mail - 66% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 37% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 50% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 54% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 50% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 35% responded “Very important results.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 30% responded “Some freedom.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 43% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 33% responded “Very important.”
  • Outdoors, Under Cover - 49% responded “Every day.”
  • Consequence of Error - 30% responded “Fairly serious.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 30% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 30% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 48% responded “About half the time.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 46% responded “About half the time.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 21% responded “Extremely important.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
33%Post-secondary certificate
24%Bachelor's degree
21%High school diploma or equivalent

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • 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.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $22.39 hourly, $46,570 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 49,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Slower than average (2% to 4%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 6,500

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