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What are some career suggestions for someone who loves animals?

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ASLON’s Answer

Hi. I found a really good site that outlines lots of opportunities in this field. They also highlight potential incomes as well.

1. Zoo Veterinarian . median salary is $94,733.

2. Veterinary Technologist/Technician
median salary of $30,783.

3. Veterinary Assistant
Median salary is $30,783.

4. Zoologist
Starting salaries depend on schooling. Those with bachelor’s degrees earn around $45,460. Those with doctoral degrees start out in the $57,000 to $74,000 range, according to Chron.

5. Animal Trainer
Salaried positions at kennels, stables, animal shelters and veterinary clinics start at around $32,400, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

6. Seeing-Eye Dog Trainer
Professionals usually begin as apprentices at guide-dog schools and are paid $15 an hour, according to U.S. Department of Labor.

7. Pet Adoption Counselor
median salary is $21,310.

8. Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Median salary hovers around $24,000.

9. Veterinary Acupuncturist
Average median salary is $48,400.

10. Animal Nutritionist
median pay $62,920.

11. Wildlife Rehabilitator
Median salary, according to the BLS, is $24,420.

12. Wolf Biologist
$60,520 as the median salary

13. Animal Cruelty Investigator
O*NET OnLine lists $32,020 as a starting salary.

14. Dog or Cat Breeder
The BLS lists $42,340 as the median salary.

15. Animal Shelter Manager
Shelter managers work with animals and raise funds, earning between $39,000 and $43,000

16. Animal Control Officer
Median salary is $36,600

17. Marine Biologist

https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/working-with-animals-coolest-jobs/
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Kristina’s Answer

I LOVE ANIMALS TOO! I also love design—and I've found some roles that combine both.

There are SO MANY jobs at zoos depending on other passions you may have (marketing, communications, exhibit design, zoo experience direction). Perhaps you'd like to work directly with animals as a trainer or vet too. Otherwise, here are some other ideas to explore!

Since I love design and photo direction, I started as a graphic designer at a zoo and created posters and billboards inside and outside of the zoo and helped direct photography which involved going behind the scenes of the exhibits with the animals. Now I work as an Art Director on animal photography which involves hiring dog and cat models and collaborating with a larger team of specialists (one of which is a dog wrangler who is a professional dog trainer for animals in commercials, movies and photography).

Do you have other interests, skills and passions that may help inform more how you'd like to work with animals? Perhaps you can find a way to combine them all into a unique vocation for you that you'd love!
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Shelby’s Answer

Hi Keegan! One suggestion that I have not seen anyone say is pet groomer! Being a professional groomer is steadily on the rise, as people are taking more care of their animals and treating them more like family, rather than just as pets/objects. Also, I hear that it is a lot of fun being able to meet so many animals, and you eventually work up a regular clientele, so you'll have the opportunity to build relationships with people! Hope you find something, and I hope this helps!
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Bryce’s Answer

Hi Keegan,

Some great jobs for people who enjoy working with animals include your normal animal trainer or veterinarian, but there are also some more non-conventional careers as well. You can become a zookeeper or take care of life in aquariums.You can become a biologist and do research on animals. You can become a ecologist and study interactions between different organisms.You can work in conservation helping save and protect endangered animals.There are a lot of career opportunities with animals you just have to figure out exactly what you want to do with them.
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Corey’s Answer

A zoo or aquarium is a great place to be exposed to a variety of careers working with animals, from zookeeper to conservationist to educator to vet to marketing/public relations specialist. I would highly suggest visiting the closest accredited zoo or aquarium to you and look around for the different jobs that might interest you and try to chat with some of those folks to learn more about their jobs.
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Debra’s Answer

I would highly recommend starting a dog walking business. People treasure their furry family members and spend the money to make sure they are properly exercised and cared for when they are not home. It's great exercise for all and with the use of modern technology (app/ring) scheduling. payment and access are easy. If you live nearby apartment buildings, that's fertile ground for posting your business and keeping your business within a certain radius. You can also post at your local vet office, supermarkets and online. Best of luck!
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Calvin’s Answer

Hi Keegan,

I suggest the entrepreneur angle. Owning your own business and take care of the animals at people's home. Of course the demand for this will be greater when we get back to new normal and folks start leaving their homes. You could do various things such as walking the dogs, taking care of cats, birds, etc. You will be your own boss.

Good luck,

Calvin
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Randee’s Answer

Working at a Vet hospital can be very emotionally trying I have learned. Some of my Vet clients have advised that oftentimes, the emotional upheaval when a pet is sick/injured is very traumatic.

Just stating this to raise awareness. Good luck!
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chris’s Answer

Outside of Veterinarian, I would suggest zoologist, game warden, and potentially agribusiness.
Thank you comment icon Hi Chris, this is a good list! Can you please explain what game warden and agribusiness is? The student may be unfamiliar. Gurpreet Lally, Admin
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Andrew’s Answer

Veterinarian!
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Shelby’s Answer

A vet, vet tech or CEO of an animal shelter
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