Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise care for pets and other nonfarm animals, such as dogs, cats, 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.
Sample of reported job titles: Groomer, Dog Groomer, Aquarist, Kennel Attendant, Kennel Technician, Pet Groomer, Animal Care Giver (ACG), Kennel Manager, Pet Stylist, Animal Care Technician
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Education and Training
Entry-level Animal Caretakers usually do not require training beyond a short demonstration. Those who want to advance in the field of animal care, grooming, animal training, or zookeeping most likely would require a formal educational or degree program.
While Animal Caretakers are not required to obtain a professional license, some nonfarm animal care business establishments must be licensed by the Division of Animal Industry in the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food.
Interests (Holland Code): RC
Career Cluster: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
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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* New Hampshire Occupational Employment and Wages, September 2012. Wage estimates based on surveys through May 2011, adjusted to June 2012.
** Inclusion of this information is intended to provide a convenient resource for research, but in no way constitutes an endorsement for any organization; nor is the list all-inclusive.
NH Employment Projections, base year 2010 to projected year 2020
Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010, Bureau of Labor Statistics
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