by Samantha Bandasack
Pets Uncaged Guest Contributor (from EduinReview.com)
So, you can't get enough of animals and want to devote your life to caring for cuddly creatures? Here are six exciting careers for an animal lover such as yourself.
1. Zookeeper: Before a zoo hires you, they want you to get experience with animals, like volunteering at animal shelters or farms. A degree in zoology, biology, or animal science is nice to have on your resume when applying for a position, but it isn't always necessary. Zookeepers get to travel and live in large cities, which means adventure!
2. Veterinarian: Becoming a veterinarian takes seven to eight years of schooling. You'll first complete a bachelor's degree. Applying to veterinary school is intense because there are only 28 vet schools in the US. After graduation, you can apply for competitive veterinarian positions or open your own practice.
3. Dog Walker: Being a dog walker doesn't take a college degree, but you'll need a business license and some cities require a permit. You could volunteer to be a veterinarian clinic's dog walker or you can set up your own dog walking business. Pay can be significant, since you can charge $20 to $50 dollars an hour! This is a great job for college students, plus you will be getting some exercise!
4. Pet Groomer: There are professional grooming schools where you learn the skills for pet grooming. But, you do not need a professional degree to become a dog groomer, if you have some experience with grooming then you are set! Groomers in big cities like Los Angeles and Manhattan make close to six figures grooming dogs for the mega rich.
5. Pet Daycare/Inn Keeper: People usually take their pets to a daycare or an inn while they are out on vacation or family members are in town. Pet sitters/keepers will need insurance and business permits. You'll have to be responsible for pets other than your owns while they are in your care!
6. Pet Treats Baker: Pet owners love feeding their furry friends luxury baked goods. And, if you love baking treats, then serving a niche with animals may be the job for you! Baking treats for pets doesn't require an advanced education, but some quality culinary experience and being knowledgeable about animal health will go a long way.