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Occupational Employment Statistics


39-2011 Animal Trainers

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.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 20016$22.93/hr$12.71/hr$15.64/hr$17.42/hr$26.46/hr$42.83/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining30$20.01/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities70$14.29/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Other Services200$20.77/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota 10$14.31/hr11.1%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$16.39/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 30$18.01/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 40$13.76/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 40$13.76/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 200$17.42/hr19.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 230$16.99/hrN/A
Minnesota 320$16.45/hr15.5%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Bartenders 15,010$12.68/hr27.2%
Animal Control Workers 50$24.96/hrN/A
Psychiatric Aides 900$25.37/hr6.3%

  • Place tack or harnesses on horses to accustom horses to the feel of equipment.
  • Talk to or interact with animals to familiarize them to human voices or contact.
  • Observe animals' physical conditions to detect illness or unhealthy conditions requiring medical care.
  • Use oral, spur, rein, or hand commands to condition horses to carry riders or to pull horse-drawn equipment.
  • Instruct jockeys in handling specific horses during races.
  • Keep records documenting animal health, diet, or behavior.
  • Retrain horses to break bad habits, such as kicking, bolting, or resisting bridling or grooming.
  • Conduct training programs to develop or maintain desired animal behaviors for competition, entertainment, obedience, security, riding, or related purposes.
  • 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.
  • Train dogs to work as guides for the visually impaired.