Animal Trainers

General Information

Description

Train animals for riding, harness, security, performance, or obedience, or for assisting persons with disabilities. Accustom animals to human voice and contact, and condition animals to respond to commands. Train animals according to prescribed standards for show or competition. May train animals to carry pack loads or work as part of pack team.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit43.28%
  2. Self-employed42.85%
  3. Private, not for profit7.34%
  4. State and local government3.47%
  5. Federal government1.08%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of animal care and service workers is projected to grow 33 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 66,200 openings for animal care and service workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$31,520

Military salary*

$95,723

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State-by-state Salary

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$42,430
$21,070
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 44%
  • Less than high school 22%
  • Some college 16%
  • Post-secondary certificate 7%
  • Associate's degree 6%
  • Bachelor's degree 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Education and Training
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Psychology
  • Clerical
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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