Someone with a passion for working with animals can find a variety of jobs to pursue. Positions like veterinary technician and animal caretaker give people the opportunity to care for animals and help the people who own them, too. Those who prefer management and sales may find employment in animal medical equipment sales, client management or veterinary office management.
Many organizations employ people trained to work with animals. A few examples are:
Candidates who begin strong careers as vet technicians or animal caretakers may decide to pursue additional education to become entry-level ecology jobs before specializing in animal jobs.
Jobs as groomers or walkers don't require specific education, though they do require experience, which candidates can gain by volunteering at shelters, salons and zoos. To work as an animal trainer or a zookeeper, both a bachelor's degree and internship experience is often necessary.
Animal Job Market
The job prospects for veterinary technicians are very bright. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts 30 percent job growth through 2022. Veterinarian jobs are projected to see a 12 percent job growth through 2022, which is as fast as the average growth for all jobs.
The field of animal care and service is expected to see a 15 percent job growth through 2022. Animal care, however, has significantly more jobs than the veterinary technician field. Animal care and service boasted 232,100 jobs in 2012, versus 84,800 for veterinary technologists and technicians.
Animal Job Salary Information
Animal caretakers earn an average of $22,000 a year when caring for nonfarm animals, and $24,130 when caring for farm animals. Animal trainers pull in a little more, with an average salary of $30,510. The median pay for veterinary technicians is $30,290 a year. Veterinarians, on the other hand, have a median pay of $84,460 a year, according to the BLS.