Animal careers may range from
veterinary care, breeding, and
animal training ... to pet shop
owner, grooming & boarding.
Passionate about pets
and animals? Caring for them can be a fun and rewarding career
choice, with avenues of opportunity ranging from dog walker to
groomer, pet store owner to professional veterinarian.
interested in turning their pet care hobby in to a grooming job,
for instance, there aren't a great many skill requirements beyond
a love for animals and a willingness to do a little hard work.
The average salary for a pet groomer is also fairly good, averaging
about $30,000 a year in the United States, and the outlook for
this career is substantial growth.
As the US
population becomes more mobile, demand has also increased in recent
years for pet
boarding kennels and pet
day care centers to give dogs, cats, gerbils and even aquarium
fish the special care they need while owners are out of town or
on vacation. Even dog walking jobs can be quite lucrative in metro
areas with a large pet population.
But for those
looking to turn their animal care hobby into something more substantial,
there are other options available - including veterinary assistant
or technician, pet training and behavior specialists (including
training in animal psychology) with opportunities in research
labs, city zoos and aquariums, medical laboratories and veterinary
As the US population becomes more mobile, demand has also increased in recent
years for pet sitting, pet boarding kennels, and pet day care centers...
For a career
as a veterinarian's assistant, there is typically two years of
post secondary schooling required, and the average starting salary
for a veterinary assistant in the United States is more than $20,000
a year. Growth within this industry is good, but there aren't
a great deal of opportunities for advancement without even more
Professional veterinarians earn an average $70,000 a year in the
United States, but this substantial salary is reflective of all
the training that veterinarians go through. Veterinarians typically
have either a four year bachelors degree or else a significant
amount of post secondary credits before they even enter veterinary
school, which is another four year program. There
are also a limited number of veterinary schools in the country.
That being said, the career outlook for veterinarians is quite
good, and the field is expected to grow in the coming years.
More about animal careers around the Web:
For anyone looking to turn their hobby of animal care in to a
career, these are just a few examples of the many options available.
Around the Web, find out more about making a a love of animals
your life's work with more information on opportunities in animal
care and training.
Science Career Guide - Comprehensive directory to information
covering a gamut of work opportunities including veterinary and
biomedical jobs, pet shop owners, dog groomer, horse care, naturalist,
park ranger, wildlife jobs and related careers.
in Animal Behavior - Indiana University guide to animal
psychology careers with tips and advice on necessary training,
career opportunities, suggested reading and related resources.