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Career and Education Opportunities for Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers in Rapid City, South Dakota

Animal husbandry and animal care workers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Rapid City, South Dakota area. Animal husbandry and animal care workers generally directly supervise and coordinate activities of animal husbandry or animal care workers.

Animal husbandry and animal care workers earn approximately $18 per hour or $39,350 annually on average in South Dakota. Nationally they average about $19 hourly or $39,750 yearly. Earnings for animal husbandry and animal care workers are the same as earnings in the general category of Farm and Forestry Management in South Dakota and the same as general Farm and Forestry Management category earnings nationally.

The Rapid City area is home to six schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Rapid City where you can get a degree 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, it will take only a short time to learn to be 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.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Worker Training

National American University-Rapid City - Rapid City, SD

National American University-Rapid City, 321 Kansas City Street, Rapid City, SD 57701-3692. National American University-Rapid City is a small university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 1,644 students. National American University-Rapid City has an associate's degree program in Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management which graduated three 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: Rapid City, South Dakota

Rapid City, South Dakota
Rapid City, South Dakota photo by Xnatedawgx

Rapid City is situated in Pennington County, South Dakota. It has a population of over 65,491, which has grown by 9.9% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Rapid City, 84, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Rapid City are priced at $147,700 on average, which is near the state average. In 2008, one hundred ninety-eight new homes were constructed in Rapid City, down from two hundred fifty-three the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Rapid City are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and public administration. The average commute to work is about 16 minutes. More than 26.7% of Rapid City residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.8%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Rapid City is 5.7%, which is greater than South Dakota's average of 4.5%.

The percentage of Rapid City residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 62.8%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church.

Rapid City is home to the Lazy J RV Park and Campground and the Pioneer Museum as well as College Park and Dinosaur Park. Shopping malls in the area include Haines Station Shopping Center, Baken Park Shopping Center and Baken Park Shopping Center. Visitors to Rapid City can choose from Lazy U Motel, Stardust Motel and Motel Town House for temporary stays in the area.