Career Options for Work-From-Home Animal Workers
There's nothing like the unconditional love of a dog greeting you when you come home or the purr of a cat as it rubs against your leg showing affection. And let's not forget the happiness of just watching a gerbil or a turtle or even a goldfish go about its day. So, if you want the independence of working from home with the flexibility to create your own schedule and would like to combine that with working with animals, take a look at some of the great job options detailed below.
|Job Title||Median Annual Salary*||Job Growth (2018-2028)**|
|Pet Sitter||$28,000* (for dog sitter)||16% (for animal care and service workers)|
|Mobile Pet Groomer||$30,520* (for dog groomer)||16% (for animal care and service workers)|
|Pet Hotline Worker||$33,750** (for customer service representative)||-2% decline (for customer service representative)|
|Pet Adoption Specialist||$22,950* (for nonfarm animal caretaker)||16% (for animal care and service workers)|
|Dog Trainer||$35,235*||16% (for animal care and service workers)|
Sources: *PayScale.com (December 2019 - January 2020), **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2018)
Career Information for People Who Work-From-Home with Animals
One great home-based job opportunity for animal lovers is being a pet sitter. As most pet sitting positions require taking care of the animals in their own homes, a pet sitter is not technically working at home, although your home is your office and you create your own schedule, taking on as many clients as you feel comfortable with. Many people hate leaving their animals alone all day and will hire a pet sitter to come into the home and play with the dogs and cats, including feeding and grooming, and, of course, dog walking. In addition, a pet sitter may even be asked to stay in the home for a weekend or longer if the client is going to be out of town. There are no educational requirements for this position; however, a basic understanding of animal care is important.
Mobile Pet Groomer
Another job opportunity that is based from home and involves daily contact with animals is a mobile pet groomer. As the job title suggests, mobile pet groomers take their grooming salon to the clients, rather than having the clients come to them. While you may be able to find employment with a current mobile pet groomer who is looking to expand the days and hours worked and thus needs another groomer, most pet groomers are self-employed. This will require you to invest in a specially-converted mobile grooming vehicle that is going to need not only a generator, electrical outlets and running water, but also all of the necessary grooming equipment including a grooming table, hoses, and dryers. Individuals interested in pursuing this job will either need to have prior pet grooming experience (and be certified/licensed if required by the state) or enroll in a training course.
Pet Hotline Worker
If you have some animal medical knowledge or expertise, possibly as a retired veterinarian, and would like to put that knowledge to good use and earn a paycheck, working from home for a pet hotline may be a great option for you. There are several companies that hire remote employees as pet hotline representatives who are responsible for assisting callers/live chat clients with their emergencies and inquiries, to include providing medical information and advice. Typically, these positions require the working of different shifts and both full-time (40-hour weeks) and part-time positions are available. Applicants for these positions will have to meet certain high-speed Internet requirements, have a landline and headset, and meet certain software requirements. A minimum of a veterinary technician license as well as experience within a veterinary office is typically required, while some companies may also have positions available for different types of animal specialists.
Pet Adoption Specialist
If you want to help match a loving family with their next family member, you may want to consider working from home as a pet adoption specialist. As a pet adoption specialist, you will interview and interact with prospective animal adopters, determining their suitability in assuming the immense responsibility that comes with pet ownership. While many of these positions may require working in an office, there are still work-at-home opportunities with a variety of non-profit organizations, including no-kill shelters, although occasional office presence may be necessary, mostly when meeting face-to-face with the prospective adopters. There are no specific educational requirements for this position, but the ability to communicate and work well with others will be important.
If you've previously had great success training your own dogs, or just believe that you could be the next Dog Whisperer, you may want to consider working from home as a dog trainer. Dog trainers work with all ages and breeds of dogs, either in classes or in one-on-one situations, training dogs in a variety of behavior skills. This job allows great flexibility - you can hold classes in your backyard or you can provide individual service at the client's home. In addition, if you want to be your own boss but are concerned with how you can find clients, there are companies that hire dog trainers as independent contractors, supplying the trainers with the clients. While there are currently no educational requirements or mandatory training required to become self-employed as a dog trainer, many clients may look to hire only dog trainers with proven training and/or certification, and, of course, certification will be required if you seek employment as an independent contractor.