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39-2021.00 - Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise care for pets and other nonfarm animals, such as dogs, cats, ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice. Work in settings such as kennels, animal shelters, zoos, circuses, and aquariums. May keep records of feedings, treatments, and animals received or discharged. May clean, disinfect, and repair cages, pens, or fish tanks.

Sample of reported job titles: Animal Care Giver (ACG), Animal Care Technician, Aquarist, Dog Groomer, Groomer, Kennel Attendant, Kennel Manager, Kennel Technician, Pet Groomer, Pet Stylist

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Feed and water animals according to schedules and feeding instructions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mix food, liquid formulas, medications, or food supplements according to instructions, prescriptions, and knowledge of animal species. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine and observe animals to detect signs of illness, disease, or injury. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide treatment to sick or injured animals, or contact veterinarians to secure treatment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Do facility laundry and clean, organize, maintain, and disinfect animal quarters, such as pens and stables, and equipment, such as saddles and bridles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform animal grooming duties such as washing, brushing, clipping, and trimming coats, cutting nails, and cleaning ears. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Answer telephones and schedule appointments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Respond to questions from patrons, and provide information about animals, such as behavior, habitat, breeding habits, or facility activities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Order, unload, and store feed and supplies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect and record animal information such as weight, size, physical condition, treatments received, medications given, and food intake. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust controls to regulate specified temperature and humidity of animal quarters, nurseries, or exhibit areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Discuss with clients their pets' grooming needs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe and caution children petting and feeding animals in designated areas to ensure the safety of humans and animals. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Anesthetize and inoculate animals, according to instructions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transfer animals between enclosures to facilitate breeding, birthing, shipping, or rearrangement of exhibits. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and disinfect surgical equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Exercise animals to maintain their physical and mental health. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install, maintain, and repair animal care facility equipment such as infrared lights, feeding devices, and cages. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Find homes for stray or unwanted animals. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Train animals to perform certain tasks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sell pet food and supplies. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Aquariums — Fish tanks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Articulating boom lift — Hydraulic bucket lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cages or its accessories — Animal cages See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning scrapers — Algae scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compressed air gun — Spear guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dissolved oxygen meters — Portable dissolved oxygen DO meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diving instruments or accessories — Self-contained underwater breathing apparatus SCUBA gear See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic hair dryers — Blow dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dosing droppers — Eye droppers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electric hair clipper — Animal clippers; Cordless animal trimmers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic toploading balances — Benchtop electronic toploading balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts — Wheeled forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld refractometers or polarimeters — Handheld digital refractometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Harnesses or its accessories — Animal harnesses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Immersion heaters — Aquarium heaters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inflatable rubber boat — Inflatable rubber motor boats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Kennels — Animal crates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory ultraviolet UV sterilizers — Aquarium ultraviolet UV sterilizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders — Stepladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Muzzles — Animal muzzles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxidation reduction tester — Digital oxidation reduction potential ORP meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pet grooming products — Pet bathing brushes; Pin brushes; Shedding blades; Slicker brushes (see all 10 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters — pH testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Pressure sprayers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Animal handling gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Air purifying respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety sleeves — Animal handling sleeves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scissor lift or lift table — Scissor lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Grooming shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slings See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Special hoses — Siphon hoses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tongs — Aquarium tongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Underwater cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Underwater lighting — Aquarium lighting See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Veterinary nail trimmers or cutters — Animal nail clippers; Animal nail files; Animal nail grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water filters — Aquarium filters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water pumps — Aquarium pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water purification equipment — Protein skimmers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water testing and sampling kits — Ammonia test kits; Carbonate hardness test kits; Nitrite test kits; pH test kits (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Calendar and scheduling software — Appointment-Plus; Groom Pro; Mobile Dog Grooming Software mGroomer; Petschedule See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — CEEJS The Pet Groomer's Secretary; Kennel Link; Microsoft Access; The Groomer's Write Hand (see all 8 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean tools or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean work areas or facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Discuss service options or needs with clients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Schedule appointments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sell products or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor patron activities to identify problems or potential problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain supply or equipment inventories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Care for animals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document client health or progress. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare foods or meals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor health or behavior of people or animals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train animals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Respond to customer inquiries. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform housekeeping duties. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform administrative or clerical tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 84% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 78% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 62% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 46% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 66% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 47% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 53% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 62% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 55% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 63% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 45% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 45% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 36% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 33% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 30% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 36% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 35% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 37% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 33% responded “No responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
Education Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Related Experience Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Job Zone Examples These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter and rental clerks, nonfarm animal caretakers, continuous mining machine operators, and waiters/waitresses.
SVP Range (Below 4.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
34   Less than high school diploma
24   High school diploma or equivalent Help
18   Bachelor's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $9.78 hourly, $20,340 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 191,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 52,100
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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