|Quick Facts: Animal Care and Service Workers|
$28,730 per year
$13.81 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|See How to Become One|
|29% (Much faster than average)|
What Animal Care and Service Workers Do
Animal care and service workers attend to or train animals.
Animal care and service workers are employed in a variety of settings, including kennels, zoos, stables, animal shelters, pet stores, veterinary clinics, and aquariums. Some parts of the job may be physically or emotionally demanding, and workers risk injury when caring for animals.
How to Become an Animal Care and Service Worker
Animal care and service workers typically have a high school diploma or equivalent and learn the occupation on the job. Many employers prefer to hire candidates who have experience working with animals.
The median annual wage for animal caretakers was $28,600 in May 2021.
The median annual wage for animal trainers was $31,280 in May 2021.
Overall employment of animal care and service workers is projected to grow 29 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 80,900 openings for animal care and service workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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