CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Animal Breeders

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Animal Husbandry & Related
Benchmark Title: Animal Breeders
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Select and breed animals according to their genealogy, characteristics, and offspring. May require knowledge of artificial insemination techniques and equipment use. May involve keeping records on heats, birth intervals, or pedigree. Feed and water animals, and clean and disinfect pens, cages, yards, and hutches.
 
Examine animals in order to detect symptoms of illness or injury.
 
Place vaccines in drinking water, inject vaccines, or dust air with vaccine powder, in order to protect animals from diseases.
 
Select animals to be bred, and semen specimens to be used, according to knowledge of animals, genealogies, traits, and desired offspring characteristics.
 
Treat minor injuries and ailments, and contact veterinarians in order to obtain treatment for animals with serious illnesses or injuries.
 
Observe animals in heat in order to detect approach of estrus, and exercise animals to induce or hasten estrus, if necessary.
 
Record animal characteristics such as weights, growth patterns, and diets.
 
Exhibit animals at shows.
 
Build hutches, pens, and fenced yards.
 
Clip or shear hair on animals.
 
Attach rubber collecting sheaths to genitals of tethered bull, and stimulate animal's organ in order to induce ejaculation.
 
Package and label semen to be used for artificial insemination, recording information such as the date, source, quality, and concentration.
 
Prepare containers of semen for freezing and storage or shipment, placing them in dry ice or liquid nitrogen.
 
Maintain logs of semen specimens used and animals bred.
 
Arrange for sale of animals and eggs to hospitals, research centers, pet shops, and food processing plants.
 
Measure specified amounts of semen into calibrated syringes, and insert syringes into inseminating guns.
 
Inject prepared animal semen into female animals for breeding purposes, by inserting nozzle of syringe into vagina and depressing syringe plunger.
 
Adjust controls in order to maintain specific building temperatures required for animals' health and safety.
 
Examine semen microscopically in order to assess and record density and motility of gametes, and dilute semen with prescribed diluents according to formulas.
 
Brand, tattoo, or tag animals in order to allow animal identification.
 
Perform procedures such as animal dehorning or castration.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Animal Husbandry & Related
Benchmark Title: Animal Breeders
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
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.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Animal Husbandry & Related
Benchmark Title: Animal Breeders
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
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.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Animal Husbandry & Related
Benchmark Title: Animal Breeders
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
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.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
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.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
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).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
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.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
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.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small 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.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Animal Husbandry & Related
Benchmark Title: Animal Breeders
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Breedtrak Data base user interface and query software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
KinTraks Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Internet Explorer Internet browser software
 
Reudink Software ZooEasy Data base user interface and query software
 
VSN International GenStat Analytical or scientific software
 
Winners Programs BirdStud Data base user interface and query software
 
Winners Programs Uni-Stud Data base user interface and query software
 
Animal pregnancy testing kits Animal husbandry equipment
 
Animal vaccination syringes Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories
 
Artificial insemination syringes Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories
 
Automated feed batch mixers Feed mixers
 
Automatic watering devices Animal watering machines
 
Birth alarms Radio frequency transmitters or receivers
 
Branding equipment Livestock identification equipment
 
Dehorners Animal husbandry equipment
 
Densimeters Hydrometers
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Ear tagging equipment Livestock identification equipment
 
External ultrasound units Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use
 
Handheld computers Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Hormone testing kits Animal husbandry equipment
 
Laboratory benchtop centrifuges Benchtop centrifuges
 
Laboratory binocular microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
 
Laboratory dropping pipettes Dropping pipettes
 
Laboratory water baths Water baths
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Lethal injection equipment Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories
 
Mechanical laboratory incubators Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators
 
Ovulation prediction monitors Animal husbandry equipment
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Semen collection containers Specimen collectors
 
Semen collection kits Animal husbandry equipment
 
Spectroscopes Spectrometers
 
Sperm counters Hydrometers
 
Stage warmers Microscope stages
 
Tattoo equipment Livestock identification equipment
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Animal Husbandry & Related
Benchmark Title: Animal Breeders
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 4 years, up to and including 10 years
 
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Animal Husbandry & Related
Benchmark Title: Animal Breeders
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Animal Breeder
Animal Technician
Artificial Insemination Technician (AI Technician)
Artificial Inseminator
Aviculturist
Breeder
Breeding Manager
Broodmare Foreman
Canary Breeder
Cat Breeder
Cattery Operator
Chicken Fancier
Dairy Husbandry Worker
Dog Breeder
Equine Breeder
Fur Farmer
Hog Confinement System Manager
Horse Breeder
Horse Trainer
Kennel Keeper
Kennel Operator
Livestock Breeder
Livestock Rancher
Pigeon Fancier
Poultry Breeder
Poultry Husbandry Worker
Poultry Inseminator
Rabbit Fancier
Rat Culturist
Reptile Farmer
Stallion Manager
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Animal Husbandry & Related
Benchmark Title: Animal Breeders
 
 
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