Best Careers for Animal Lovers

Stan T.


  1. Veterinarians
  2. What they do

    They diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.

    • Examine animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries.
    • Treat sick or injured animals by prescribing medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, or performing surgery.
    • Collect body tissue, feces, blood, urine, or other body fluids for examination and analysis.
    • Inoculate animals against various diseases, such as rabies or distemper.

    How much they make

    $105240

    Learn more about the Veterinarians career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  3. Biologists
  4. What they do

    They research or study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and functions.

    • Prepare technical and research reports, such as environmental impact reports, and communicate the results to individuals in industry, government, or the general public.
    • Develop and maintain liaisons and effective working relations with groups and individuals, agencies, and the public to encourage cooperative management strategies or to develop information and interpret findings.
    • Collect and analyze biological data about relationships among and between organisms and their environment.
    • Program and use computers to store, process, and analyze data.

    How much they make

    $86390

    Learn more about the Biologists career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  5. Animal Nutritionists
  6. What they do

    They The primary responsibility of Animal Nutritionists is to help plan a nutritionally balanced diet for animals. They might work for clients who have animals, or they can work for feed companies and veterinarians. They can also work in research centers.

    How much they make

    $77400

    Learn more about the Animal Nutritionists career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  7. Entomologists
  8. What they do

    They Entomologists study how insects interact with their environment. They use their research to help manage pests in agriculture and residential, commercial, or industrial settings.

    How much they make

    $72400

    Learn more about the Entomologists career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  9. Marine Biologists
  10. What they do

    They Marine Biologists study marine life in their natural habitats. A typical day may involve diving among reefs to collect samples and analyzing the samples in a lab.

    How much they make

    $70500

    Learn more about the Marine Biologists career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  11. Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
  12. What they do

    They study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.

    • Make recommendations on management systems and planning for wildlife populations and habitat, consulting with stakeholders and the public at large to explore options.
    • Inventory or estimate plant and wildlife populations.
    • Disseminate information by writing reports and scientific papers or journal articles, and by making presentations and giving talks for schools, clubs, interest groups and park interpretive programs.
    • Check for, and ensure compliance with, environmental laws, and notify law enforcement when violations are identified.

    How much they make

    $67760

    Learn more about the Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  13. Animal Scientists
  14. What they do

    They conduct research in the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of domestic farm animals.

    • Study nutritional requirements of animals and nutritive values of animal feed materials.
    • Advise producers about improved products and techniques that could enhance their animal production efforts.
    • Develop improved practices in feeding, housing, sanitation, or parasite and disease control of animals.
    • Write up or orally communicate research findings to the scientific community, producers, and the public.

    How much they make

    $67690

    Learn more about the Animal Scientists career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  15. Farriers
  16. What they do

    They The farrier usually travels to farms and trims and puts shoes on horses. They usually have clients that they see regularly.

    How much they make

    $55800

    Learn more about the Farriers career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  17. Zoo Curators
  18. What they do

    They Zoo Curators are responsible for the care of animals at the zoo. They monitor the health of animals based on reports submitted by zoo employees.

    How much they make

    $53800

    Learn more about the Zoo Curators career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  19. Animal Husbandry Supervisors
  20. What they do

    They directly supervise and coordinate activities of animal husbandry or animal care workers.

    • Assign tasks such as feeding and treatment of animals, and cleaning and maintenance of animal quarters.
    • Investigate complaints of animal neglect or cruelty, and follow up on complaints appearing to require prosecution.
    • Observe animals for signs of illness, injury, or unusual behavior, notifying veterinarians or managers as warranted.
    • Monitor animal care, maintenance, breeding, or packing and transfer activities to ensure work is done correctly.

    How much they make

    $50790

    Learn more about the Animal Husbandry Supervisors career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  21. Beekeepers
  22. What they do

    They Beekeepers or Apiarists are responsible for maintaining beehives to produce more bees. They use a variety of tools to inspect and maintain the hive and the health of the bees.

    How much they make

    $45000

    Learn more about the Beekeepers career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  23. Dog Trainers
  24. What they do

    They Dog Trainers use a variety of techniques to help owners teach their dogs new or improved behaviors. They may also work individually with dogs to train them for specialized activities such as herding sheep or assisting blind people.

    How much they make

    $45000

    Learn more about the Dog Trainers career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  25. Animal Breeders
  26. What they do

    They select and breed animals according to their genealogy, characteristics, and offspring. May require knowledge of artificial insemination techniques and equipment use. May involve keeping records on heats, birth intervals, or pedigree.

    • Feed and water animals, and clean and disinfect pens, cages, yards, and hutches.
    • Observe animals in heat to detect approach of estrus and exercise animals to induce or hasten estrus, if necessary.
    • Treat minor injuries and ailments and contact veterinarians to obtain treatment for animals with serious illnesses or injuries.
    • Arrange for sale of animals and eggs to hospitals, research centers, pet shops, and food processing plants.

    How much they make

    $43080

    Learn more about the Animal Breeders career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  27. Animal Control Workers
  28. What they do

    They handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.

    • Investigate reports of animal attacks or animal cruelty, interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, and writing reports.
    • Capture and remove stray, uncontrolled, or abused animals from undesirable conditions, using nets, nooses, or tranquilizer darts as necessary.
    • Supply animals with food, water, and personal care.
    • Write reports of activities, and maintain files of impoundments and dispositions of animals.

    How much they make

    $38490

    Learn more about the Animal Control Workers career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  29. Horse Trainers
  30. What they do

    They The main responsibility of a horse trainer is to train horses to improve their performance for specific activities or events such as riding or showing. They assess the abilities of horses and correct negative behaviors.

    How much they make

    $38000

    Learn more about the Horse Trainers career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  31. Animal Trainers
  32. What they do

    They train animals for riding, harness, security, performance, or obedience, or assisting persons with disabilities. Accustom animals to human voice and contact; and condition animals to respond to commands. Train animals according to prescribed standards for show or competition. May train animals to carry pack loads or work as part of pack team.

    • Train horses or other equines for riding, harness, show, racing, or other work, using knowledge of breed characteristics, training methods, performance standards, and the peculiarities of each animal.
    • Cue or signal animals during performances.
    • Talk to or interact with animals to familiarize them to human voices or contact.
    • Conduct training programs to develop or maintain desired animal behaviors for competition, entertainment, obedience, security, riding, or related purposes.

    How much they make

    $35260

    Learn more about the Animal Trainers career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  33. Pet Groomers
  34. What they do

    They Pet Groomers groom pets for clients, which may involve washing, shampooing, and cutting the pet’s hair. Some Pet Groomers exclusively groom dogs while others work with multiple species.

    How much they make

    $33800

    Learn more about the Pet Groomers career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  35. Pet Sitters
  36. What they do

    They Pet Sitters typically provide care for pets while owners are away. They often stay in the owner’s home, which allows the pet to remain in familiar territory.

    How much they make

    $31000

    Learn more about the Pet Sitters career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  37. Dog Groomers
  38. What they do

    They Dog Groomers wash and cut dog hair, trim nails, and occasionally brush dogs’ teeth. They often give dogs specific hairstyles based on the instructions of the dog owner.

    How much they make

    $30000

    Learn more about the Dog Groomers career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  39. Farmworkers
  40. What they do

    They attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep, and collect eggs in hatcheries.

    • Feed and water livestock and monitor food and water supplies.
    • Herd livestock to pastures for grazing or to scales, trucks, or other enclosures.
    • Examine animals to detect illness, injury, or disease, and to check physical characteristics, such as rate of weight gain.
    • Provide medical treatment, such as administering medications and vaccinations, or arrange for veterinarians to provide more extensive treatment.

    How much they make

    $28840

    Learn more about the Farmworkers career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  41. Vet Assistants
  42. What they do

    They feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine post-operative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.

    • Hold or restrain animals during veterinary procedures.
    • Clean and maintain kennels, animal holding areas, examination or operating rooms, or animal loading or unloading facilities to control the spread of disease.
    • Fill medication prescriptions.
    • Administer anesthetics during surgery and monitor the effects on animals.

    How much they make

    $28690

    Learn more about the Vet Assistants career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  43. Dog Walkers
  44. What they do

    They The primary responsibility of a dog walker is to walk dogs. They will have different clients who have varying needs. Some clients may work full time and need a dog walker five days a week, and others might need a dog walker temporarily while they are out of town. Dog walkers need to have excellent time-management skills to schedule their clients throughout the day and arrive on time.

    How much they make

    $27500

    Learn more about the Dog Walkers career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools


  45. Animal Caretakers
  46. What they do

    They 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.

    • Feed and water animals according to schedules and feeding instructions.
    • Provide treatment to sick or injured animals, or contact veterinarians to secure treatment.
    • Examine and observe animals to detect signs of illness, disease, or injury.
    • Mix food, liquid formulas, medications, or food supplements according to instructions, prescriptions, and knowledge of animal species.

    How much they make

    $25890

    Learn more about the Animal Caretakers career.

    Find a college for this career
    View available schools