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Animal Control Workers

Job Information

Handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.


  • 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 $32,460/yr ($16.23/hr)
Job Outlook Below Average
Education Some college, no degree