Animal Care and Service Workers

Career Overview

Animal care and service workers attend to animals. They feed, groom, bathe, and exercise pets and other nonfarm animals.


Animal trainers usually need a high school diploma or equivalent, although some positions may require a bachelor’s degree. For example, marine mammal trainers usually need a bachelor’s degree in marine biology, animal science, biology, or a related field.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$20,270 /yr
$29,290 /yr
$55,760 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Biology
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter!
Work Environment

Animal care and service workers are employed in a variety of settings, including kennels, zoos, stables, animal shelters, pet stores, veterinary clinics, and aquariums. Some parts of the job may be physically or emotionally demanding, and workers risk injury when caring for animals.

Future Outlook

Employment of animal care and service workers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth along with high job turnover should result in very good job opportunities.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada