Animal care and service workers provide care for animals. They feed, groom, bathe, and exercise pets and other nonfarm animals. Job tasks vary by position and place of work.
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 of the work may be physically or emotionally demanding, and the rate of work-related injuries and illnesses is higher than the national average.
Most animal care and service workers have a high school diploma 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 care and service workers was $21,260 in May 2015.
Employment of animal care and service workers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth coupled with high job turnover should result in very good job opportunities for jobseekers.
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