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Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

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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.


  • Animal lovers get satisfaction in this occupation, but the work can be unpleasant, physically and emotionally demanding, and sometimes dangerous.
  • Most workers are trained on the job, but employers generally prefer to hire people who have experience with animals; some jobs require formal education.
  • Most positions will present excellent employment opportunities; however, keen competition is expected for jobs as zookeepers and marine mammal trainers.
  • Earnings are relatively low.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $19,510/yr ($9.76/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma