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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).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 34036$15.97/hr$12.03/hr$12.57/hr$15.42/hr$18.39/hr$22.66/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities640$15.48/hr
Professional and Business Services430$13.57/hr
Education and Health Services50$25.03/hr
Leisure and Hospitality90$12.57/hr
Other Services2,540$15.71/hr
Public Administration90$27.04/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 30$16.16/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 60$14.85/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 70$14.78/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 100$14.85/hr21.7%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 100$15.06/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 140$12.16/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 140$15.17/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 150$14.76/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 170$14.91/hr22.9%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 170$12.78/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 190$15.43/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 240$12.29/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 280$15.17/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 320$15.17/hr23.6%
Northwest Minnesota 320$14.71/hr25.3%
Southeast Minnesota 340$15.42/hr22.8%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,540$15.72/hr24.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,760$15.72/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,850$15.52/hr23.9%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Nursing Assistants 25,440$19.53/hr3.6%
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 9,650$15.63/hr5.3%
Postal Service Clerks 1,540$26.39/hr-9.0%

  • 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.