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Animal Care and Service Workers

Animal Care and Service Workers
Quick Facts : Animal Care and Service Workers*
2010 Median Pay$19,780
Entry Level Education
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012234,900
Job Outlook23% (Faster than average)
Employment Change54,000


Animal care and service workers care for the needs of animals. They feed, water, groom, bathe, and exercise pets and other nonfarm animals. They also play with the animals, provide companionship, and observe behavioral changes that could indicate illness or injury.

What Animal Care and Service Workers Do

  • Feed and give water to animals
  • Clean equipment and the living spaces of animals
  • Examine animals for signs of illness or injury
  • Bathe animals, trim nails, clip hair, and attend to other grooming needs
  • Train animals to obey or to do specific behaviors

Work Environment

Animal care and service workers work in a variety of settings, including kennels, zoos, stables, animal shelters, pet stores, veterinary clinics, and aquariums. Some of the work may be physically or emotionally demanding, and the number of work-related injuries and illnesses is higher than the national average.
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Job Outlook

Overall employment of animal care and service workers is projected to grow by 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, however, employment growth will vary by specialty.
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Pay

The average salary of nonfarm animal caretakers was $19,550 in May 2010.
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Animal Care and Service Workers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Animal Care and Service Workers

19780

Personal Care and Community Service Occupations

29680.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Animal Care and Service Workers*
Percent Change in Employment

Animal Care and Service Workers

22.9885

Personal Care and Community Service Occupations

19.979913332245566

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Animal Care and Service Workers

Most animal care and service workers learn on the job. Still, many employers prefer to hire people who have experience with animals. Zookeeper and marine mammal trainer positions require formal education.
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