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Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise provide care to promote and maintain the well-being of pets and other animals that are not raised for consumption, such as dogs, cats, race horses, 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.


SOC Code 39-2021 - Animal Caretakers is a a final level code of the “Personal Care and Service Occupations” Major Occupation Category. There are 212,450 total employees classified in this occupation in the USA, with an average Hourly Wage of $13.01 and average Annual Wage of $27,060.

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Occupation Examples

  • Animal Care Giver
  • Animal Care Technician
  • Animal Caregiver
  • Animal Daycare Provider
  • Animal Groomer
  • Animal Shelter Worker
  • Animal Sitter
  • Aquarist
  • Aquarium Tank Attendant
  • Cat and Dog Bather
  • Dog Bather
  • Dog Beautician
  • Dog Groomer
  • Dog Sitter
  • Horse Exerciser
  • Kennel Aide
  • Kennel Attendant
  • Kennel Helper
  • Kennel Worker
  • Pet Feeder
  • Pet Groomer
  • Pet Sitter
  • Pet Stylist
  • Zookeeper

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