If you love working with animals, becoming a veterinarian isn’t your only job option. There are quite a few animal-related careers that will allow you to be surrounded by animals on a daily basis while still earning a living. Some don’t pay as well as others, but there’s definitely something to be said for loving what you do!
So here’s a list of the top 10 jobs working with animals . . . so you can get your furry fix anytime!
Little to No Formal Academic Training Necessary
- Pet Sitter – Many people don’t want to leave their beloved pets in a kennel when they go away. When you take care of the animals, they get specialized treatment in their own environment.
- Wildlife Rehabilitation – If you don’t mind mundane tasks and are committed to helping animals, consider wildlife rehabilitation. The rewards that come with the job include connecting with nature and knowing that you’re helping animals as you relieve their suffering. Wildlife rehabilitators feed animals, bandage animals, and help with fluid therapy. They also clean cages and help capture and transport wounded animals. You don’t have to have a degree for this job. You do have to have a bit of bravery and a total willingness to do some tough jobs.
- Animal-Assisted Therapy – Pets can help humans sort through problems other humans can’t. Work with animals with appropriate temperaments to reach out and help humans with physical and emotional disabilities.
- Pet Groomer – Learn to become a pet groomer by assisting one or by attending a professional grooming school. An expert groomer is well versed in caring for a wide variety of animal breeds and knows how to handle animals with care. While a formal education is helpful, it’s not required.
- Animal Trainer – Become an animal trainer by attending a college specializing in hands-on training or by working with a professional animal trainer. Marine mammal trainers generally have to have a bachelor’s degree. An animal trainer should have patience and a gift for problem solving as well as a sensitivity to animals.
- Barn Manager – A barn manager is involved with many different aspects of animal care from scheduling vet visits to monitoring feed. Experience is a must for this job, and it’s beneficial to have a degree in an area such as management.
Jobs Requiring Degrees
- Animal Therapist – An animal therapist works with injured animals to help increase mobility after an injury. They also help animals rehabilitate after surgeries or brain injury. The animal therapist is a licensed individual who helps an animal manage pain while improving an animal’s quality of life. To work as an animal therapist, you need a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy with a concentration in animals.
- Zoologist – A zoologist studies animals in their natural surroundings. Generally, a zoologist specialist specializes in one animal type. Zoologists generally hold a degree in biochemistry, microbiology, zoology, or a related field.
- Marine Biologist – A marine biologist studies different facets of marine life. In order to get a career in marine biology, you must take many science courses. You might want to consider a Master’s Degree in marine ecology, ichthyology, marine biology, cytology, or aquarium sciences.
- Veterinarian – A veterinarian is a doctor for animals. This requires extensive formal education. A veterinarian must earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in addition to receiving a license from the state in which they plan to practice.
Whether you are young or old, it’s never to late to research your options and find continuing education courses online or at local colleges. Don’t forget to check out local community college catalogs and current job openings for nearby vets, wildlife rehab organizations, groomers, etc. If you’ve got a lot of pet-owning friends, consider offering pet-sitting or dog-walking to see if it’s a good fit for part time or even full time work.
Use education, interest, experience, and imagination to find the perfect, pet-related job.