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What are some careers that are animal related that pays well in California?

I am interested in pursuing an animal related career, curious about the scope of careers available within this animal career pathway and want to learn more about the unique aspects that come with those careers.

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Nirah’s Answer

Hi, Angelina. The US Bureau of Labor statistics has an amazing website that details every job you can imagine, and also gives salary information (including LOCAL information, so you can see what pay is like in your specific state). www.bls.gov

Some animal-related positions that require a lot of schooling pay very well, but the trade-off is that you may graduate with years of student loan debt (e.g. the most basic veterinary degree takes 8 years, and specialties usually take another 3-4 years). Unskilled animal care positions (eg kennel attendant, uncredentialed veterinary assistant (and even licensed vet tech) tend to have lower pay (though generally higher than minimum wage or food service positions). One field you may not have considered is animal care in a research setting, especially working in the pharmaceutical industry. Laboratory animals require very skilled care, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies (which abound in San Diego) pay extremely well.
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Michele’s Answer

I did a little research and found that there are several animal-related careers that pay well in California. Here are a few examples:

1. Veterinarian: Veterinarians diagnose and treat animals' medical conditions. In California, the average salary for a veterinarian is around $120,000 per year.

2. Animal Behaviorist: Animal behaviorists study animal behavior and develop plans to modify or improve it. In California, the average salary for an animal behaviorist is around $70,000 per year.

3. Zoologist: Zoologists study animals and their behavior, physiology, and habitats. In California, the average salary for a zoologist is around $80,000 per year.

4. Animal Control Officer: Animal control officers enforce animal-related laws and regulations, investigate animal cruelty cases, and rescue animals in distress. In California, the average salary for an animal control officer is around $50,000 per year.

5. Wildlife Biologist: Wildlife biologists study and manage wildlife populations and their habitats. In California, the average salary for a wildlife biologist is around $75,000 per year.

Remember, salaries can vary depending on factors such as education, experience, and location. It's important to do your research and find a career that aligns with your interests and goals. Not knowing much about it but having a friend who opened a doggy daycare - she does very well - not in California but in NYC. That's also a possibility.
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