Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

General Information

Description

Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise care for pets and other nonfarm animals, such as dogs, cats, ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice. Work in settings such as kennels, animal shelters, zoos, circuses, and aquariums. May keep records of feedings, treatments, and animals received or discharged. May clean, disinfect, and repair cages, pens, or fish tanks.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Other Personal Services
  • Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers

Job Outlook

Overall employment of animal care and service workers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Many people consider their pets to be a part of their family and are willing to pay more for pet care than pet owners have in the past. As more households include companion pets, employment of animal care and service workers in the pet services industry will continue to grow. Employment of animal care and service workers in kennels, grooming shops, and pet stores is projected to increase in order to keep up with the growing demand for animal care.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$30,030

State-by-state Salary

Gray states indicate no data available

$32,840
$18,090
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Less than high school 33%
  • High school 24%
  • Bachelor's degree 18%
  • Some college 9%
  • Post-secondary certificate 9%
  • Master's degree 2%
  • Associate's degree 2%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Mechanical
  • Education and Training
  • Biology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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