Career Opportunities in Equine Science

This document offers a unique compilation of industry resources and information helpful in determining where your career in horses may be found. The American Horse Council and the American Youth Horse Council have joined efforts to provide this information of available listings from industry leaders all over the United States to assist youths and adults in pursuit of careers in the horse industry.

When beginning your search, be resourceful! There is no end to the opportunities the horse industry has to offer. Working in the industry does not always mean working exclusively with horses. Many jobs, such as an accountant, attorney, artist, clothes designer, journalist, computer programmer, etc. can be tailored to your interests. In making your future plans consider a broad education that may be adapted later to your choice of career.

Considerations in Planning Your Career

  • Be prepared to volunteer: The horse industry thrives on volunteer participation that can provide the vehicle to introduce and get you involved in many aspects of horse-related activities. Often good experience can be gained by offering to work for free. This experience in turn can open doors and help you establish valuable contacts.
  • Start at the local level: Gain experience through your community, school and social connections. Utilize a network of people you are familiar with and expand through regional and state contacts.
  • Check the classifieds in trade publications: Frequently excellent opportunities are advertised here. Check not only equine publications but look into sports-related magazines and associations, and club and organizational newsletters.
  • Talk to professionals: Learn from those that are involved. Find out where they studied, what they recommend as good training, and the work they sought. You never know who will provide an aspect you’ve overlooked.
  • Don’t limit your objectives: Most importantly, if you can’t get into the horse industry right away, generalize your scope, such as learning the principles of large animal care, then specialize in horses at a later date.

Career Opportunities

Choose the desired level of contact with horses and the amount of education required, and then locate that combination in the list below for potential career paths.

Contact Level

I. Primary careers requiring daily contact with horses and/or horse owners
II. Support positions requiring daily contact with horses and/or horse owners
III. Careers with horse shows/rodeos
IV. Careers in the racing industry
V. Careers related to recreation/hunting/pleasure

Education Required

Category A DVM, PhD or professional terminal degree from recognized college or university
Category B Master’s degree from a recognized college or university
Category C Baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university
Category D One or two years beyond high school
Category E High school diploma

I. Primary careers requiring daily contact with horses

  • Veterinarian
  • Extension Horse Specialist
  • Extension Animal Specialist
  • Geneticist
  • Horse Feed Development Specialist
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • College Professor
  • Pedigree Analyst
  • County Agriculture Agent
  • Youth Director
  • Bloodstock Agent
  • College Instructor
  • Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Clinician
  • Farm/Ranch Manager
  • Technical School Teacher
  • Artificial Inseminator
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Transportation Specialist
  • Trainer
  • Stable Manager/Foreman
  • Riding Instructor/Coach
  • Veterinarian’s Assistant
  • Breeder
  • Auctioneer
  • Horse-Buyer
  • Farrier-Corrective Shoeing
  • Identification Maker
  • Stallion Manager
  • Broodmare Manager
  • Foaling Crewman
  • Stunt Rider or Double in Movies
  • Horse Drawn or Mounted Tour Guide

II. Support positions without daily contact with horses

Dean, College of Agriculture
Architect
Agricultural Engineer
Attorney
Accountant
High School Agriculture Teacher
Agricultural Equipment Design Engineer
Agricultural Researcher
Actuary (Insurance)
Director of Public Relations
Executive Secretary of Horse- oriented Organization
Association Executive
Field Secretary
Lobbyist
State Director of Identification Services
Director of Technical School
Tailor/Clothing Buyer
Commercial Feed Manufacturer
Laboratory Technician
Director of Advertising (newspapers, magazines, etc.)
Author/Fiction
Author/Non-fiction, instructional material
Sales of Timing Equipment
Sales of Agricultural Equipment
Pharmaceutical Sales
Insurance Sales
Advertising Space Buyer
Auditor
Internal Auditor of Equestrian Organization
Horsefeed Wholesaler
Insurance Investigator
Agricultural and Research Economist
Museum Curator
Trade Press Editor
Business Manager of Horse Publication
Publisher of Horse Books
Motion Picture, TV, Video or Slide-series Producer
Land Consultant/Farm Real Estate
Film-distribution Specialist
Clothing Designer
Film Editor
Blood Typing Specialist
Boot Manufacturer
Advertising Copywriter
Commercial Artist
Equestrian Portrait/Illustrator
Advertising Sales Manager
Publication Circulation Manager
Fire-prevention Specialist
First Aid Personnel
Program Coordinator
Reporter/Journalist
Motion Picture/TV Writer, Technician, Director, Camera Crew, Research
Horse Trailer Designer
Pest Control Specialist
Office Personnel in an Equine Organization
Concession Operator
Feed Store Operator
Publications Distributor
Tack and Equipment Maker
Printer
Carpenter (stables/tack and equestrian equipment)
Leather Dealer
Bookkeeper
Typesetter
Advertising Salesman
Wholesale Tack Sales
Wholesale Clothing Sales
Wholesale Feed Sales
Guard
Horse Hair Products Producer (Wigs)
Film-processing Specialist
Painter

III. Careers with horse shows and rodeos

Horse Show Veterinarian
Timing Equipment Engineer
Security
Horse Show Manager
Horse Show Receptionist
Fair or Exposition Manager
Inspector (DPQ or Designated Qualified Inspector)
Drug Inspector
Technical Representative
Technical Delegate (TD)
Judge
Steward
Course Designer/Jump Designer
Test Designer
Publicity Director
Lighting Director
Photographer
Wheelwright
Wheelman
Horse Show Secretary
Rodeo Secretary
Rodeo Stock Contractor
Director of Parking
Jump Builder
Ring Master
Rodeo Clown
Premium List Technician
Rodeo Cowboy
Rodeo Pick-up Rider
Announcer
Program Manager
Crewmember
Jump Crewmember
Rodeo Laborer
Gate Person
Ticket Seller
Organist

IV. Careers in the racing industry

Track Veterinarian
Racing Chemist
Judge
Timing Equipment Engineer
Racing Steward
Racing Secretary
Handicapper
Director of Mutuels
Security
Racing Commissioner
Totalisator Company Personnel
Mutuel-Machine Maintenance
Publicity Staff
Turf Club Director
Maitre d’Hotel
Technical Representative
Track Manager
Comptroller
Horseman’s Bookkeeper
Trainer
Jockey
Jockey Valet
Driver
Jockey’s Attendant
Mutuels Manager
Marketing and Publicity
Track Maintenance
Parking Attendant
Mutuel Clerk
Paddock Judge
Office Staff
Money Room Personnel
Stable Superintendent
Patrol Judge
Starter
Clocker
Grounds Manager
Track Photographer
Film or TV Patrol Operator
Horse Identifier
Announcer
Program Director
Facility Maintenance Engineer
Hot Walker
Exercise Rider
Jockey’s Room Attendant
Outrider

V. Careers related to recreation, hunting, and pleasure

Trail Engineer
Park and Recreation Administrator
Recreation Planner
Guest Ranch Host/Hostess
Parade Organizer
Manager Country Club
Field Master
Professional Huntsman
Whipper-in
Kennelman
Packer/Guide
Reservations Clerk
Trail Crew
Circus Rider

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