• Animal Caretakers
  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 27,130
    $20,990 range bar $36,370
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Fast Growing
  • Animal Caretakers attend to animals. Working with pets and other nonfarm animals, these caretakers and trainers feed, groom, and exercise the animals.

What do they typically do

  • Anesthetize and inoculate animals, according to instructions
  • Feed and water animals according to schedules and feeding instructions
  • Exercise animals to maintain their physical and mental health
  • Examine animals for signs of illness or injury
  • Train animals to obey or to behave in a specific manner
  • Monitor animals and record details of their diet, physical condition, and behavior
  • Bathe animals, trim nails, clip hair, and attend to other grooming needs
  • Clean equipment and animals' living spaces

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +3.2%
Job Openings 3,184

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Education & Training

  • Education

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
    Associated Programs or Majors
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