10 Jobs for People Who Love Working with Animals
Do you love animals, and hope to have a career where you’re able to work with them each day? The good news is that there are many different careers you can choose from that will combine your passion for animals with a paycheck.
When most people think about jobs working with animals, the only one that immediately comes to mind is a veterinarian. And working as a veterinarian can be a great choice (hey, it’s on our list), there are a lot of other options out there as well that you might not have considered before.
Below is a list of 10 careers that are great for people who love animals. Some of the jobs only require a high school education, while others require a graduate degree. As with all career decisions, the most important step is setting a goal. Only then can you come up with a plan for working towards it.
Veterinarians treat sick and injured animals. The first step to becoming a veterinarian is deciding which types of animals you would like to work with. Veterinarians who work with family pets work in private practices, but veterinarians are also needed at zoos, racetracks, farms, and just about any other business where the care of animals is important.
Veterinary technicians work under the supervision of a veterinarian. They take blood, perform medical tests, administer medication, and provide animal owners with instructions to improve the care of their pet. Veterinary technicians work with all kinds of animals, and this is one of the few occupations available where you can work with animals in a medical setting without needing an advanced college degree.
Animal trainers work with animals to increase their obedience, performance, disability assistance, or riding. Some animal trainers with domestic pets like dogs, while others work with horses, or even more dangerous animals like elephants, tigers, and lions. In many cases, trainers are also responsible for the health of the animals they work with. They provide food and ensure that their living environment is clean. They are also responsible for seeking medical care from a veterinarian if the need occurs.
Animal breeders mate and breed animals. Most breeders specialize in breeding a certain type of animal (dogs, cats, lizards, rodents, or horses, for instance). Some even specialize in working with a specific breed of animal, like golden retrievers or Przewalski horses. Since many breeders sell the animals that they breed, they need to be able to market their services so they’re able to effectively sell the animals they breed.
Animal Control Worker
Animal control workers are responsible for capturing stray animals, rescuing abused animals, and arranging for the euthanization of sick, violent, or injured animals who need to be put down. Though it can be emotionally challenging to see animals who have suffered from neglect or abuse, it can also be an extremely fulfilling occupation for those who love animals and want to make a positive difference in their lives.
Animal scientists perform research designed to improve the reproduction, nutrition, genetics, and care of animals. For example, some animal scientists help farmers provide better housing, care, and waste disposal for their animals, so they can lower mortality rates. Others try to develop more efficient methods of processing products like milk, meat, and eggs. Most animal scientists choose to specialize in solving a particular type of problem, or improving the care of a specific type of animal.
Foresters don’t work directly with animals, but they are responsible for protecting the natural habitats that animals need to survive. Some are responsible for developing plans for regenerating forests, and supervising the harvesting of trees that are cut down and taken to sawmills. They decide on the type, number, and placement of trees that should be planted, so that new forests are able to sufficiently support the wildlife of the area. Foresters also develop plans for keeping trees free of disease, so the animals who rely on them can remain healthy in their habitat.
Zoologists research the characteristics and habitats of animals for many different purposes. Some zoologists simply want to increase human understanding of a particular species, while others may study animal behavior so that we can do our best to minimize the negative environmental impacts of human expansion. This can be a very rewarding occupation for people who love animals and want to have a positive impact on their well-being.
Animal caretakers include kennel technicians, pet groomers, petsitters, animal care technicians, aquarists, and other occupations where the primary job function is caring for animals. Entry level positions rarely require any specific experience or education, so this can make a great profession for people who want to work with animals but don’t have the qualifications to land a more advanced position.
Conservation scientists work to protect and improve our natural resources. Though they don’t interact directly with animals, the work that they do has the potential to improve their lives. For example, by acting as an advocate for the preservation of habitats like forests and streams, conservation scientists are able to help businesses develop expansion plans that don’t put the long-term well-being of native animals at risk.