What Can You Do with an Equine Studies Degree?

Radek, what jobs can you get with an Equine Studies Degree? I’m wondering, what can I do with an Equine Studies Degree?

A degree in Equine Studies, Equestrian Studies, or Equine Science, can lead to many horse-related career opportunities. While the competition for horse training jobs can be stiff, there are many other options out there in the following areas: transportation, basic horse care, health care, manure removal, guest (dude) ranches, equine sales, horse shows, rodeos, racing, product sales, event management, veterinary care, breeding, and rescue.

As you can see from the job titles below, horses are a huge part of American culture, and this leads to a variety of job opportunities. Many horse-related jobs are, by their nature, only part-time gigs, so many horse workers wear multiple hats.

Starting salaries will not knock your socks off, but most people who choose this major do so for the love for horses, not money. Some people who earn degrees in Equine Science choose to go on to veterinary school.

Careers you can get with a degree in Equine Science include:

  • Animal Control Officer
  • Artificial Inseminator
  • Barn Hand
  • Barn / Stable Manager
  • Bloodstock Agent
  • Breeding Manager
  • Broodmare Manager
  • Clinician
  • Cooperative Extension Agent
  • Course Designer
  • Drug Inspector
  • Dude Ranch Host
  • Dude Ranch Wrangler
  • Equestrian Event Planner
  • Exercise Rider
  • Farrier
  • Geneticist (will require advanced degree)
  • Groom
  • Grounds Manager
  • Horse Care Technician
  • Horse Feed Development Specialist (may require advanced degree)
  • Horse Massage Therapist
  • Horse Show Manager
  • Horse Show Secretary
  • Horse Trainer
  • Hot Walker
  • Jockey
  • Jockey Valet
  • Jockey’s Attendant
  • Lab Technician
  • Nutritional Consultant (may require advanced degree)
  • Park and Recreation Administrator
  • Pedigree Analyst (may require advanced degree)
  • Pen Rider
  • Program Director
  • Racing Chemist
  • Racing Commissioner
  • Recreation Planner
  • Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Reproduction Specialist
  • Riding Teacher
  • Ring Master
  • Rodeo Cowboy / Cowgirl
  • Rodeo Pick-up Rider
  • Rodeo Secretary
  • Rodeo Stock Contractor
  • Stable Manager
  • Stallion Manager
  • Steward
  • Stunt Rider
  • Trail Engineer
  • Transportation Specialist
  • Veterinarian (will required advanced degree)
  • Veterinary Assistant / Technician
  • Wagering Analyst
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