Occupational Employment Statistics
39-2021 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
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. Excludes "Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers" (31-9096).
|Trade, Transportation and Utilities||540||$14.81/hr
|Professional and Business Services||580||$14.65/hr
|Education and Health Services||30||$28.27/hr
|Leisure and Hospitality||N/A||N/A
- Clean and disinfect surgical equipment.
- Collect and record animal information, such as weight, size, physical condition, treatments received, medications given, and food intake.
- Mix food, liquid formulas, medications, or food supplements according to instructions, prescriptions, and knowledge of animal species.
- Adjust controls to regulate specified temperature and humidity of animal quarters, nurseries, or exhibit areas.
- Feed and water animals according to schedules and feeding instructions.
- Transfer animals between enclosures to facilitate breeding, birthing, shipping, or rearrangement of exhibits.
- Sell pet food and supplies.
- Provide treatment to sick or injured animals, or contact veterinarians to secure treatment.
- Respond to questions from patrons, and provide information about animals, such as behavior, habitat, breeding habits, or facility activities.
- Answer telephones and schedule appointments.