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Animal Trainer

Overview and Key Facts

dog trainer
Education
Education
High school diploma or equivalent
Median Pay
Median Pay
$31,280
Job Growth
Job Growth
27.10%
(Above US Average)
Jobs in 2031
Jobs in 2031
67,200

What Do They Do?

An animal trainer could...

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Do you have a favorite pet food commercial or animal movie in which the animals do something really cool or cute? Animal trainers are responsible for these amazing animal performances. Animal trainers get involved in much more than the fun world of entertainment, though; they are also involved in the serious business of training animals for search and rescue missions, bomb and drug detection, criminal capture, and service to help people with disabilities.
In this video you will find out what it's like to be an animal trainer at some of the biggest theme parks in the country, and what it takes to become one.

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Core Tasks

Think about if you'd like the typical tasks an Animal Trainer might do:
  • 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.
  • Feed or exercise animals or provide other general care, such as cleaning or maintaining holding or performance areas.
  • Observe animals' physical conditions to detect illness or unhealthy conditions requiring medical care.
  • Evaluate animals to determine their temperaments, abilities, or aptitude for training.
  • Administer prescribed medications to animals.
  • Keep records documenting animal health, diet, or behavior.
  • Evaluate animals for trainability and ability to perform.
  • Advise animal owners regarding the purchase of specific animals.

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