Professional Opportunities

There are many professional opportunities available to those in meat science and more broadly animal sciences.

The Careers eBook from AgCareers is a good place to start learning about the many career paths available in meat science and animal sciences. The eBook has information on each occupation’s responsibilities, usual requirements for education and training, recommended high school courses, typical employers, suggested professional organizations, and a projected job market outlook.

AgCareer Careers eBook

The Future Farmers of America’s Ag Explorer provides similar information for each occupation listed, plus average salary and the ability to search for open job listings/postings.

Ag Explorer

Finally, AgCareers offers a powerful search engine for open job listings/postings. It offers the ability to search for jobs by title, industry, and location. It also includes a place to post your resume and search for internships.


Internally at MSABD, the processing plant and Bucky’s Varsity Meats are often looking for student employees to assist with production and running the store. Positions are flexible and between 10-40 hr/week. Please reach out to the following to ask about possible opportunities.

Processing Plant Bucky’s Varsity Meats
Dillon Walker


MSABD 1126

Max Sell


MSABD 1124

The Multistate Research Project S1077: Enhancing Microbial Food Safety by Risk Analysis often has career openings in the area of food science/food safety at Universities and government facilities across the country. To get on the mailing list, contact Byron Chaves-Elizondo.

► Each semester UW Madison hosts a Career & Internship Fair. Up to 250 different employers have historically attended and sessions are in-person and virtual. The University also offers prep nights, with workshops to polish your resume or a chance to sit in on a mock interview.

Career & Internship Fair (UW Madison SuccessWorks)

The Graduate Program Manager for the department is also a resource.

► Megan Sippel: 608-890-3975 /

Handshake has been selected as UW-Madison’s primary recruitment and career event management tool. We join over 475 university career centers and 200,000 employers across the country already using Handshake. Students, alumni and employers can connect and recruit through this valuable portal: Handshake. For additional resources and help, contact CALS Career Services.

The Day on Campus is a biennial event coordinated by the Office of Business Engagement on behalf of the entire campus, to bring campus partners and prospects to campus. The aim is to highlight the breadth of campus resources while also giving industry partners a glimpse into the solutions other partners have found. See the event page with the link to the agenda here.

Below are a sample of some of the meat science careers that our alumnus hold.