- Animal Attendant
- Pet Groomer
- Animal Scientist
- Animal Behaviourist
- Veterinary Assistant
- Pet Shop Assistant
Work with animals every day and build professional skills for a growing industry. Start by studying an animal care course.
What do animal care graduates do?
Animal care attendants work hands-on with animals, and are involved in all aspects of the day-to-day care and management of captive animals.
As an animal care attendant, you may perform tasks like:
- Preparing and managing appropriate environments and habitats for animals;
- Preparing meals for animals, including designing and researching diet plans, filling troughs and feeding animals;
- Teaching and training animals to obey verbal and non-verbal commands, accept riders, and behave in certain ways;
- Bathing, cutting, combing and styling animals’ coats;
- Administering medicine and treatments to animals;
- Inspecting, preparing, cleaning and disinfecting animal habitats;
- Exercising and playing with animals;
- Handling and leading animals;
- Maintaining animal health records and other records; and
- Answering questions from visitors and others.
After completing an animal care course, you’ll be qualified to work as a:
You’ll thrive working in the animal care industry if you:
- Love animals
- Communicate well
- Enjoy practical work
- Can work effectively in fast-paced environments
- Are organised
- Can work independently
- Work well with details
- Enjoy working closely with others
- Want a meaningful and rewarding career
According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook, the animal care sector in Australia is moderately large and growing. Currently employing approximately 15,900 people, it’s predicted to expand to employ approximately 16,300 people by 2020.
While growth in job opportunities in the animal care sector has contracted in the last decade, the fall in opportunities has steadied since 2013. Nearly doubling in size between 2008 and 2013, the industry has since grown at a more moderate rate and is predicted to continue growing modestly for at least the next decade.
While a limited number of job opportunities make sector competitive, Australia’s agricultural sector provides animal care jobs in most regions of Australia. Job Outlook notes that due to the large agricultural populations in Queensland and Western Australia, jobs in animal care are available in those states at a rate nearly twice as high as usual employment opportunity numbers.
According to PayScale, animal care attendants can expect to earn on average between $31,000 and $54,000 per year, with an average annual salary of approximately $40,000. PayScale notes a moderate positive relationship between experience and earning capacity, with more experienced attendants earning higher salaries.
After completing an animal care course, you may choose to undertake further study and work as a veterinary nurse. According to PayScale, veterinary nurses can expect to earn on average between $36,000 and $55,000 per year, with an average salary of approximately $46,000 per year.