Careers Involving Animals

Jan 16, 2020

Individuals wanting to work with animals have multiple career options. Learn about the different options, what animals they work with, salary, job growth, and education needed for each career.

Career Options that Involve Animals

There are several career options for those wanting to work with animals. These jobs depend on what type of animal you would like to work with, whether it be farm animals, pets, marine animals, or wild animals. Below you will find out about different careers that involve animals and what those careers entail.

Job Title Median Salary Job Growth (2018-2028)
Veterinarian $93,830 (2018)* 18%*
Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist $63,420 (2018)* 5%*
Agricultural Worker $29,480 (2018)* 1%*
Animal Trainer $29,290 (2018)* 13%*
Pet Groomer $30,520 (2020)** 16% (for all animal care and service workers)*
Nonfarm Animal Caretaker $23,760 (2018)* 16%*
Animal Breeder $37,060 (2018)* 3%*

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **

Career Information for Jobs that Involve Animals


Veterinarians diagnose and treat animals for various medical conditions. They also administer preventative medications and vaccines, do surgeries, and take care of injuries. There are several types of veterinarians who work with different kinds of animals, such as equine veterinarians, food animal veterinarians, and companion animal veterinarians. A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree is required to be a veterinarian.

Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist

Zoologists and wildlife biologists develop scientific studies in order to collect data on wildlife behavior, including how they reproduce and interact with other animals and their environment. They use the information they find to write articles and teach others about these animals. The amount of education needed is dependent on what you would want to do, though a minimum of a bachelor's degree is needed for entry-level positions. A master's degree is needed for any scientific work.

Farm and Ranch Animal Farm Worker

There are several types of agricultural workers, including farm and ranch animal farm workers who are responsible for caring for the live animals on a farm. They feed, brand, herd, and examine animals for medical issues. A formal education is typically not needed to work on a farm, and training is done on-the-job.

Animal Trainer

Animal trainers normally work with dogs to teach them obedience or prepare them for work as service animals for people with disabilities. They can also train horses to be ridden. Some animal trainers do work with marine animals to train them for performances in shows. Animal trainers need a high school diploma, though some employers require a bachelor's degree.

Pet Groomer

Pet groomers bathe pets as well as cut their fur and trim nails. They normally work with dogs; however, they do groom cats occasionally. They help pets maintain their fur and also look for anything that may need to be seen by a veterinarian. Pet groomers normally learn on-the-job from an experienced groomer. A high school diploma usually meets minimum education requirements.

Nonfarm Animal Caretaker

Nonfarm animal caretakers typically work in animal shelters and provide a warm, safe place for animals to stay. They feed the animals, clean their living spaces, and help keep them up to date on vaccinations. To be an animal caretaker, applicants will need a high school diploma.

Animal Breeder

Animal breeders study the genetics of specific animals and choose which ones should reproduce in order to develop the traits sought after. They maintain detailed notes and records to keep track of how offspring turned out and determine what can be done for future breeding. Animal breeders might be required to have some postsecondary education; however, most work and learn under other agricultural workers.

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