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Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

Nonfarm animal caretakers take care of the everyday needs of animals in a variety of environments such as kennels, shelters and clinics. They perform tasks such as feeding and grooming animals, cleaning their cages and examining animals to make sure they are in good health. They may also exercise animals, bath them and provide companionship. Common job titles are animal keeper, animal attendant and animal care technician.

Kennel attendants clean cages and dog runs, provide food and water, and bathe and exercise animals. Kennel attendants may also perform grooming tasks.

Groomers specialize in maintaining an animal's appearance. Most groomers work with dogs and some groomers work with cats. Employers include kennels, pet supply food stores and veterinary clinics. Some groomers have their own business. Mobile grooming services that make house calls are increasingly popular.

Pet sitters take care of pets while their owners are away. They typically take care of the pet at the owner's house. They take care of tasks such as providing food and water. Pet sitters also exercise pets. Some bathe and groom animals. Most pet sitters take care of dogs.

Responsibilities

  • Provide food and water to animals
  • Clean cages and dog runs
  • Examine and monitor animals in order to detect signs of illness
  • Provide treatments to injured or sick animals
  • Exercise animals
  • Unload and store feed and supplies
  • Bathe animals
  • Groom animals
  • Answer customers' questions

Job Characteristics

Some of the tasks performed by animal caretakers may be unpleasant and physically or emotionally demanding. They also risk being bitten or scratched. However, working with animals can be very rewarding. Animal care technicians may occasionally lift heavy supplies and their work often includes kneeling and bending.

Nonfarm animal caretakers often work irregular hours. Animal care takers and service workers often work during the weekends and holidays. Some animal hospitals and animal shelters have an attendant on duty 24 hours a day.

Employment Outlook

Employment of animal care and service workers is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow by 21 percent from 2008 to 2018 which is much faster than average for all occupations. In addition, the median annual earnings for nonfarm animal caretakers in 2008 was $19,360.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Most animal care and service workers learn by on-the-job-training. Many employers seek applicants that have experience with animals. Animal attendants that are employed at kennels typically learn their skills with on-the-job training.

Pet sitters typically don't need any specific training but are typically required to have some knowledge about the type of animals they are taking care of and some previous experience with animals.

Pet groomers usually acquire their skills by participating in an informal apprenticeship under the supervision of an experienced groomer which usually last from 6 to 10 weeks. There are numerous state licensed grooming schools across the country which provide programs that vary in length for 2 to 18 weeks.

Animal keepers that work in animal shelters are not required to have specialized training, however training programs and workshops are available through the Humane Society of the United States, the National Animal Control Association and the American Humane Association.

The National Dog Groomers Association of America provides certification for master status as a groomer. A home-study certification program is offered by the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. A home study program is provided by the Pet Care Services Association and those that complete all three stages and pass written and oral examinations become Certified Kennel Operators.

Resources

Major Employers

The top employers are boarding kennels, animal shelters, animal humane societies, veterinary hospitals, pet stores, rescue leagues and laboratories.

Schools for Nonfarm Animal Caretakers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Nonfarm Animal Caretakers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 960 $19,100
Hoover 960 $19,100
Mobile 330 $18,870
Huntsville 230 $18,850
Montgomery 180 $18,760
Fairhope 140 $20,690
Foley 140 $20,690
Daphne 140 $20,690
Opelika 120 $18,400
Auburn 120 $18,400
Tuscaloosa 100 $19,770
Dothan 60 $17,840
Muscle Shoals 60 $19,290
Florence 60 $19,290
Decatur 60 $19,440
Oxford 50 $18,490
Jacksonville 50 $18,490
Anniston 50 $18,490
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 270 $21,600
Fairbanks 40 $24,670
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 2050 $21,120
Mesa 2050 $21,120
Phoenix 2050 $21,120
Tucson 450 $20,280
Prescott 200 $20,660
Flagstaff 100 $22,240
Douglas 90 $21,110
Sierra Vista 90 $21,110
Kingman 40 $18,800
Lake Havasu City 40 $18,800
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 450 $18,750
North Little Rock 450 $18,750
Little Rock 450 $18,750
Hot Springs 210 $19,420
Jonesboro 40 $17,810
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 6220 $22,830
Long Beach 6220 $22,830
Los Angeles 6220 $22,830
San Francisco 3060 $24,890
Oakland 3060 $24,890
Hayward 3060 $24,890
San Diego 2560 $24,680
Carlsbad 2560 $24,680
Ontario 1590 $23,140
San Bernardino 1590 $23,140
Riverside 1590 $23,140
Arcade 1230 $22,720
Arden 1230 $22,720
Roseville 1230 $22,720
Sacramento 1230 $22,720
Santa Clara 930 $26,970
Sunnyvale 930 $26,970
San Jose 930 $26,970
Santa Rosa 570 $27,000
Thousand Oaks 440 $21,260
Oxnard 440 $21,260
Ventura 440 $21,260
Fresno 320 $22,920
Santa Barbara 270 $22,920
Santa Maria 270 $22,920
Stockton 210 $22,270
Lodi 210 $22,270
Bakersfield 200 $19,710
Vallejo 190 $22,880
Fairfield 190 $22,880
Arroyo Grande 190 $24,070
San Luis Obispo 190 $24,070
Paso Robles 190 $24,070
Salinas 180 $22,920
Modesto 140 $21,420
Napa 110 $22,060
Redding 100 $21,020
Santa Cruz 90 $22,280
Watsonville 90 $22,280
Porterville 60 $21,070
Visalia 60 $21,070
Merced 50 $20,500
Yuba City 50 $20,580
Chico 50 $23,940
Hanford 40 $21,860
Corcoran 40 $21,860
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 2420 $20,110
Lakewood 2420 $20,110
Denver 2420 $20,110
Colorado Springs 530 $19,550
Boulder 370 $20,700
Fort Collins 210 $19,460
Greeley 170 $21,270
Grand Junction 110 $20,620
Pueblo 100 $18,930
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 690 $22,230
East Hartford 690 $22,230
West Hartford 690 $22,230
Bridgeport 650 $23,960
Norwalk 650 $23,960
Stamford 650 $23,960
New Haven 280 $21,620
Danbury 130 $23,130
Waterbury 50 $21,560
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 110 $18,670
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 2660 $22,760
West Palm Beach 2660 $22,760
Fort Lauderdale 2660 $22,760
Kissimmee 1570 $20,590
Sanford 1570 $20,590
Orlando 1570 $20,590
Tampa 1540 $23,310
Clearwater 1540 $23,310
St. Petersburg 1540 $23,310
Jacksonville 1170 $18,890
North Port 590 $20,390
Bradenton 590 $20,390
Sarasota 590 $20,390
Ocala 510 $21,440
Fort Myers 380 $21,100
Cape Coral 380 $21,100
Palm Bay 340 $19,150
Titusville 340 $19,150
Melbourne 340 $19,150
Deltona 310 $18,760
Ormond Beach 310 $18,760
Daytona Beach 310 $18,760
Port St. Lucie 270 $21,200
Winter Haven 240 $18,930
Lakeland 240 $18,930
Brent 220 $18,990
Pensacola 220 $18,990
Ferry Pass 220 $18,990
Destin 150 $20,010
Fort Walton Beach 150 $20,010
Crestview 150 $20,010
Tallahassee 140 $19,330
Panama City 130 $19,010
Vero Beach 110 $19,040
Sebastian 110 $19,040
Gainesville 100 $18,670
Punta Gorda 100 $21,420
Sebring 30 $21,310
Marco Island N/A $22,230
Naples N/A $22,230
Immokalee N/A $22,230
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 3470 $21,270
Sandy Springs 3470 $21,270
Atlanta 3470 $21,270
Savannah 220 $19,880
Macon 110 $20,920
Athens 90 $18,730
Clarke County 90 $18,730
Warner Robins 80 $19,210
Gainesville 80 $19,300
Albany 70 $18,150
Dalton 50 $18,310
Brunswick N/A $18,650
Valdosta N/A $24,550
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 420 $32,400
Lahaina N/A $27,850
Wailuku N/A $27,850
Kahului N/A $27,850
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 480 $19,200
Pocatello 60 $18,720
Idaho Falls 50 $18,700
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 280 $22,040
Springfield 150 $19,420
Bloomington 150 $22,880
Peoria 130 $22,570
Champaign 80 $22,140
Urbana 80 $22,140
Carbondale 70 $19,830
Marion 70 $19,830
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carmel 1320 $19,680
Indianapolis 1320 $19,680
Anderson 1320 $19,680
Fort Wayne 310 $21,140
Lafayette 130 $19,460
West Lafayette 130 $19,460
Terre Haute 100 $18,140
Bloomington 100 $18,420
Michigan City 80 $18,160
La Porte 80 $18,160
Elkhart 80 $18,250
Goshen 80 $18,250
Muncie 50 $18,470
Columbus 40 $18,740
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 620 $20,970
Des Moines 620 $20,970
Cedar Rapids 160 $18,040
Iowa City 150 $32,760
Ames 110 $38,350
Waterloo 70 $18,910
Cedar Falls 70 $18,910
Dubuque 60 $21,460
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 270 $19,530
Topeka 190 $19,360
Lawrence 70 $18,230
Manhattan 70 $25,340
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 640 $22,760
Fayette 640 $22,760
Bowling Green 90 $18,350
Fort Knox 40 $17,870
Elizabethtown 40 $17,870
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 810 $21,970
Metairie 810 $21,970
Baton Rouge 490 $20,790
Lafayette 210 $19,070
Bossier City 190 $19,310
Shreveport 190 $19,310
Monroe 120 $18,270
Alexandria 120 $19,510
Lake Charles 70 $18,620
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 240 $25,100
Portland 240 $25,100
Bangor 80 $21,430
Auburn N/A $18,570
Lewiston N/A $18,570
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 1540 $20,770
Towson 1540 $20,770
Columbia 1540 $20,770
Lexington Park N/A $19,070
California N/A $19,070
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 210 $24,650
Pittsfield 70 $23,440
New Bedford 60 N/A
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Grand Rapids 440 $19,840
Wyoming 440 $19,840
Ann Arbor 290 $19,650
East Lansing 270 $22,510
Lansing 270 $22,510
Kalamazoo 210 $19,770
Portage 210 $19,770
Midland 110 $19,170
Jackson 80 $23,410
Saginaw 70 $18,570
Flint 70 $19,350
Muskegon 60 $18,550
Monroe 60 $18,560
Battle Creek 40 $22,190
Dearborn N/A $19,510
Warren N/A $19,510
Detroit N/A $19,510
Benton Harbor N/A $21,630
Niles N/A $21,630
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 90 $19,180
St. Cloud 90 $19,690
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 210 $20,100
Gulfport 100 $19,670
Pascagoula 100 $19,670
Biloxi 100 $19,670
Hattiesburg 30 $20,240
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 160 $19,120
Columbia 110 $19,430
Joplin 60 $18,790
Jefferson City 50 $18,550
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 170 $21,650
Great Falls 40 $18,640
Missoula 40 $19,150
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 310 $19,890
Grand Island N/A $18,420
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1300 $21,050
Henderson 1300 $21,050
Las Vegas 1300 $21,050
Reno 390 $21,810
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 120 $21,280
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlantic City 130 $21,790
Hammonton 130 $21,790
Trenton 130 $24,360
Ocean City 80 $26,060
Bridgeton 70 $20,900
Vineland 70 $20,900
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 490 $24,020
Santa Fe 110 $26,720
Las Cruces 90 $20,840
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 810 $21,120
Cheektowaga 810 $21,120
Buffalo 810 $21,120
Albany 610 $22,820
Troy 610 $22,820
Schenectady 610 $22,820
Rochester 530 $20,640
Syracuse 370 $22,250
Utica 150 $19,840
Rome 150 $19,840
Binghamton 120 $19,750
Kingston 120 $22,510
Glens Falls 80 $19,590
Elmira 50 $19,130
Fort Drum 50 $19,820
Watertown 50 $19,820
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 870 $19,920
Greensboro 530 $20,380
High Point 530 $20,380
Chapel Hill 520 $21,290
Durham 520 $21,290
Salem 340 $18,500
Winston 340 $18,500
Asheville 340 $19,260
Wilmington 250 $20,110
Fayetteville 190 $18,590
Morganton 150 $18,500
Hickory 150 $18,500
Lenoir 150 $18,500
Jacksonville 100 $19,360
Burlington 100 $22,350
Greenville 70 $18,250
New Bern N/A $17,560
Goldsboro N/A $21,400
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 80 $21,910
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 1300 $21,400
Elyria 880 $19,310
Cleveland 880 $19,310
Toledo 430 $19,200
Akron 410 $18,930
Dayton 390 $18,900
Massillon 180 $18,930
Canton 180 $18,930
Springfield 80 $19,280
Mansfield 50 $18,610
Lima 50 $19,300
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 830 $18,830
Tulsa 580 $18,640
Lawton 30 $18,080
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 200 $22,290
Redmond 150 $21,560
Bend 150 $21,560
Salem 150 $23,210
Medford 90 $22,460
Albany 80 $39,260
Corvallis 50 $22,300
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1340 $19,280
Carlisle 400 $19,290
Harrisburg 400 $19,290
Reading 350 $21,890
Scranton 230 $19,770
Wilkes 230 $19,770
Hazleton 230 $19,770
Barre 230 $19,770
Lancaster 210 $20,260
Hanover 170 $18,790
York 170 $18,790
Erie 160 $18,240
East Stroudsburg 100 $19,210
State College 80 $21,540
Chambersburg 70 $17,990
Waynesboro 70 $17,990
Berwick 50 $18,590
Bloomsburg 50 $18,590
Williamsport 50 $19,190
Johnstown 40 $18,130
Altoona 40 $21,370
Gettysburg N/A $19,500
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 270 $18,000
Carolina 270 $18,000
San Juan 270 $18,000
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
North Charleston 740 $19,220
Charleston 740 $19,220
Columbia 630 $19,590
Mauldin 540 $19,160
Greenville 540 $19,160
Anderson 540 $19,160
Florence 110 $19,090
Spartanburg 100 $18,550
Bluffton 100 $27,200
Beaufort 100 $27,200
Hilton Head Island 100 $27,200
Sumter N/A $19,260
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 160 $20,130
Rapid City 130 $20,570
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 960 $19,610
Franklin 960 $19,610
Davidson 960 $19,610
Nashville 960 $19,610
Knoxville 390 $19,330
Jackson 60 $19,160
Morristown 30 $17,720
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 4150 $19,960
Arlington 4150 $19,960
Fort Worth 4150 $19,960
Sugar Land 3620 $18,810
The Woodlands 3620 $18,810
Houston 3620 $18,810
Austin 1200 $21,410
Round Rock 1200 $21,410
New Braunfels 1160 $22,470
San Antonio 1160 $22,470
El Paso 390 $19,540
Lubbock 190 $19,400
Corpus Christi 140 $18,630
Bryan 140 $18,780
College Station 140 $18,780
Mission 140 $21,410
Edinburg 140 $21,410
McAllen 140 $21,410
Amarillo 130 $19,440
Waco 120 $19,770
Tyler 120 $20,550
Killeen 110 $18,540
Temple 110 $18,540
Abilene 90 $19,230
Longview 80 $19,130
Beaumont 70 $18,570
Port Arthur 70 $18,570
Brownsville 70 $18,750
Harlingen 70 $18,750
Wichita Falls 50 $18,540
Victoria 50 $18,730
San Angelo 50 $22,820
Midland 40 $21,700
Odessa 40 $24,170
Sherman 30 $19,290
Denison 30 $19,290
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 680 $18,570
Clearfield 220 $18,720
Ogden 220 $18,720
Provo 110 $19,650
Orem 110 $19,650
St. George 80 $21,980
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 230 $24,730
Burlington 230 $24,730
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 920 $20,010
Charlottesville 140 $19,240
Roanoke 130 $19,120
Radford 110 $19,180
Christiansburg 110 $19,180
Blacksburg 110 $19,180
Waynesboro 100 $18,680
Staunton 100 $18,680
Lynchburg 100 $20,980
Harrisonburg 60 $18,480
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 2820 $23,730
Seattle 2820 $23,730
Bellevue 2820 $23,730
Spokane 250 $23,250
Spokane Valley 250 $23,250
Bellingham 190 $22,990
Tumwater 150 $23,730
Olympia 150 $23,730
Bremerton 130 $23,030
Silverdale 130 $23,030
Richland 100 $23,060
Kennewick 100 $23,060
Mount Vernon 70 $23,720
Anacortes 70 $23,720
Wenatchee 50 $23,160
Yakima 40 $22,830
Longview 40 $23,220
Walla Walla 30 $23,070
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 150 $20,930
Vienna 80 $19,170
Parkersburg 80 $19,170
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 890 $19,100
West Allis 890 $19,100
Milwaukee 890 $19,100
Madison 520 $18,050
Green Bay 190 $19,340
Oshkosh 110 $18,560
Neenah 110 $18,560
Appleton 90 $18,750
Eau Claire 90 $19,100
Racine 80 $18,810
Sheboygan 60 $19,400
Beloit 50 $17,770
Janesville 50 $17,770
Wausau 40 $19,440
Fond du Lac 30 $20,300
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 90 $22,310
Casper 60 $25,500

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Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Personal Services 44,120 34% $19,530
Professional And Technical Services 26,660 21% $18,480
Miscellaneous Retail Stores 19,840 15% $18,320
Non-profit 9,720 7% $18,640
Performing Arts And Sports 7,960 6% $20,540
Museums And Historic Attractions 4,750 3% $25,330
Government 4,230 3% $28,880
Agriculture And Forestry Services 3,140 2% $20,600
Amusement Gambling And Recreation 2,140 1% $23,480
Education 1,700 1% $24,910
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