Career Details

Animal Care Specialist

Career Overview

Animal care specialists provide various types of care to animals including feeding, bathing, monitoring, exercising, and training. Different tasks are required depending on the job setting. In a zoo setting, a specialist may be required to work with the animals in shows or with groups of school kids.


Completing a two-year college animal science-related program or a four-year bachelor’s degree in zoology, biology, animal science, psychology, or a related field is likely required to obtain this position. Generally, the more education you have, the better the chance you'll have to get the job that you want. Consider volunteering in an animal shelter to get some valuable experience, too!

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$18,000 /yr
$25,000 /yr
$52,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Volunteer at an animal shelter!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks very good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

An animal care specialist can work in any environment that provides care to animals. Wild Mike, who is featured in the video, works in a small zoo.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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