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Career and Education Opportunities for Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

For those living in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area, there are many career and education opportunities for animal husbandry and animal care workers. Animal husbandry and animal care workers generally directly supervise and coordinate activities of animal husbandry or animal care workers.

Income for animal husbandry and animal care workers is about $25 hourly or $52,990 annually on average in Iowa. Nationally, their income is about $19 per hour or $39,750 yearly. Incomes for animal husbandry and animal care workers are the same as in the overall category of Farm and Forestry Management in Iowa, and the same as the overall Farm and Forestry Management category nationally.

There are thirteen schools of higher education in the Cedar Rapids area, including one within twenty-five miles of Cedar Rapids where you can get a degree to start your career as an animal husbandry and animal care worker. Given that the most common education level for animal husbandry and animal care workers is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time training to become an animal husbandry and animal care worker if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Worker

In general, animal husbandry and animal care workers directly supervise and coordinate activities of animal husbandry or animal care workers.

Animal husbandry and animal care workers train staff in animal care procedures and safety precautions. They also assign tasks such as feeding and treatment of animals, and cleaning and maintenance of animal quarters. Equally important, animal husbandry and animal care workers have to observe animals for signs of illness or unusual behavior; notifying veterinarians or managers as warranted. They are often called upon to monitor animal care or breeding; or packing and transfer efforts to insure work is done correctly. They are expected to transport or manage transport of animals and other supplies to and from worksites. Finally, animal husbandry and animal care workers treat animal illnesses or injuries, following experience or instructions of veterinarians.

Every day, animal husbandry and animal care workers are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.

It is important for animal husbandry and animal care workers to ready reports concerning facility efforts, employees' time records, and animal treatment. They are often called upon to formulate budgets and manage purchase of animals or supplies. They also study feed or milk production records in order to establish feed formulas and rations and breeding schedules. They are sometimes expected to operate euthanasia machinery to destroy animals. Somewhat less frequently, animal husbandry and animal care workers are also expected to inspect buildings, fences, fields or ranges and machinery in order to establish work to be performed.

and direct and assist staff in maintenance and up keep of facilities. And finally, they sometimes have to recruit and pay staff.

Like many other jobs, animal husbandry and animal care workers must be reliable and be able to take change and lead.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Cedar Rapids include:

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Worker Training

Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, IA

Kirkwood Community College, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-2068. Kirkwood Community College is a large college located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 15,241 students. Kirkwood Community College has an associate's degree program in Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management which graduated fifteen students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Laboratory Animal Technician: The technician certification designations of ALAT, LAT, and LATG are well known and widely used throughout the varied fields of laboratory animal care.

For more information, see the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science website.

Certified Manager of Animal Resources: The Certified Manager Animal Resources (CMAR) certification program is designed to raise competency and professionalism in the field of Animal Resources Management.

For more information, see the Institute of Certified Professional Managers website.

Arborist / Municipal Specialist: This credential was developed by the ISA and the Society of Municipal Arboriculture for those involved in managing the complex aspect of trees in an urban environment.

For more information, see the International Society of Arboriculture website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Cedar Rapids, Iowa photo by Davumaya

Cedar Rapids is located in Linn County, Iowa. It has a population of over 128,056, which has grown by 6.0% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Cedar Rapids, 78, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Cedar Rapids are valued at $103,900 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred ninety-nine new homes were built in Cedar Rapids, up from two hundred ninety-eight the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Cedar Rapids are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 17 minutes. More than 28.4% of Cedar Rapids residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.4%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Cedar Rapids is 6.0%, which is less than Iowa's average of 6.1%.

The percentage of Cedar Rapids residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 57.0%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Seventh Day Church of God, Sevanth-Day Adventist Church and Hope Lutheran Church are some of the churches located in Cedar Rapids. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Cedar Rapids is home to the Brucemore and the Admissions Office as well as Tomahawk Park and Noelridge Park. Shopping centers in the area include Mays Shopping Center, Lindale Plaza Shopping Center and Town and Country Shopping Center. Visitors to Cedar Rapids can choose from Howard Johnson, Marriott Cedar Rapids and Clarion Hotel & Convention Center for temporary stays in the area.