Animal Care and Service Workers attend to animals. They feed, groom, bathe, and exercise pets and other nonfarm animals.
Animal trainers usually need a high school diploma or equivalent, although some positions may require a bachelor’s degree. For example, marine mammal trainers usually need a bachelor’s degree in marine biology, animal science, biology, or a related field.
Overall employment of Animal Care and Service Workers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.
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.