Careers and Outcomes

What’s equine science?

Equine student doing equine therapy session with child.

The in-depth study of horses.

You will learn about all aspects – nutrition, care, behavior and management – of these amazing animals.

With an equine science degree, you can join a growing industry and continue your passion for horses.

What careers can you have with horses?

In a hands-on role, you will have the knowledge to train, feed, breed and manage the overall wellness of horses.

If the stable and arena are not for you, you can also pursue other careers with horses: business, teaching or general program operations.

Whatever your goals are, our program helps you get there with classes, competitions and training.

Join a growing career field

More people work with horses than you may think.

The most recent study by the American Horse Council Federation (2017) covers how much the horse industry contributes to the American economy.

By the numbers

Economic impact

$50 billion

Direct economic impact of the horse industry in the United States.

900,000 +

Direct employment impact of the horse industry in the United States. Total employment related to horses is 1.7 million.

7.2 million

Estimated number of horses in the United States. Additionally, about 30% of U.S. households have a horse enthusiast.

What are the most common equine jobs?

Career options include but are not limited to:

  • Academic instructor/teacher
  • Horse trainer
  • Management of equine operations
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Riding instructor
  • Riding program coordinator
  • Stable manager

As you complete your degree at MSU, you’ll network and job shadows with professionals in the equine industry.

This helps you figure out which specific equine career is best for you.

How much do equine jobs pay?

Average annual salary is about $40,000 for most equine careers.

Salaries can vary from $30,000 to $70,000 depending on your specific job type, where you live and your experience level.

Each job within the industry varies.

Vets and top trainers earn in the upper-tier range. Most general instructors and other jobs are on the mid-to-lower end.

Earn more with a graduate degree

Want to increase your credentials and earning power before you enter the workforce?

Our program also prepares you to pursue graduate study in a master’s or doctoral (PhD) program.

A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree helps you become a large-animal veterinarian.

Pursue a master's degree in agriculture