Animal Caretakers

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What do they do?

Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise provide care to promote and maintain the well-being of pets and other animals that are not raised for consumption, such as dogs, cats, race horses, 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.

Also known as:

Animal Care Attendant, Animal Care Giver (ACG), Animal Care Specialist, Animal Care Technician, Animal Caregiver, Animal Caretaker, Animal Daycare Provider, Animal Groomer, Animal Keeper, Aquarist, Aviculturist, Bather, Cat Bather, Dog Bather, Dog Groomer, Groomer, Kennel Aide, Kennel Assistant, Kennel Attendant, Kennel Helper, Kennel Operator, Kennel Technician (Kennel Tech), Kennel Worker, Pet Care Associate, Pet Groomer, Pet Sitter, Pet Stylist, Zookeeper

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Animal Caretakers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Nonfarm Animal Caretakers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • 16%

    Percent Change

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  • 54,500

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1%)
  • Master's degree (3%)
  • Bachelor's degree (20.3%)
  • Associate's degree (10%)
  • Some college, no degree (28.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (30.5%)
  • Less than high school diploma (6.9%)

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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Care for animals.
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Monitor health or behavior of people or animals.
  • Prepare foods or meals.
  • Clean facilities or work areas.
  • Perform housekeeping duties.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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