always loved working with animals. When I was a child, I helped out with the
horses and livestock on my uncle’s farm. I haven’t chosen a major yet, but I’m
thinking that I want to do something with animals.
kinds of careers will allow me to work with animals every day?
animals can be a rewarding career, and it helps that you already have some
hands-on experience. There are so many animal-related careers, and many of them
offer great salaries.
more interested in helping animals stay healthy and recover from
illnesses and injuries, a career as a veterinarian is a great choice. This
career path is probably the first one that comes to mind when you think about
working with animals.
human doctors, veterinarians require an extensive education. You’ll need to
decide whether you want to work at a clinic, emergency hospital or zoo. Zoo
veterinarians treat and tend to animals at zoos, so there’s a good chance that
you’ll be working with exotic animals.
If a career
as a veterinarian isn’t appealing but you still want to help injured or sick
animals, you may consider a job as a veterinary assistant or
technologist/technician. Animal nutritionists assist with the dietary needs of
the animals they work with, but with this type of career, you’ll probably spend
more time in the lab than working with animals.
If you want
to help wild animals, a career as a wildlife rehabilitator may be a good option
for you. When wild animals are injured, they’re usually brought to wildlife
rehabilitators for assessment. You may be a part of the emergency response team
to oil spills, hurricanes and other natural disasters.
What if you
don’t want a medical-related career? A zoologist may be a good option. Zoologists
work with animals in both controlled and wild environments. Their job is to
collect data that helps shape wildlife conservation programs. They work with
animals extensively, but they also spend a lot of time crunching numbers.
If you want
to work more closely and directly with animals, you may consider a career as a trainer. Maybe you’d like to train service
dogs for those in need, or maybe you’d like to train horses. Trainers are
needed for a variety of different animals, and this type of career will
probably get you the most hands-on work with animals.
also jobs that you can start right now – without training – such as dog walking
or pet sitting. These careers can be a bit more complicated, as walkers and
sitters usually run their own businesses. But you can make $24,000 or more per
year just walking other people’s dogs or taking care of pets when their parents
are out of town.
What if you
want to help animals that are being abused or neglected? A career as an animal
cruelty investigator may be a good fit for you. These highly-trained experts
investigate cases of alleged animal cruelty, and their job is to protect and
save these creatures.
career path you choose, you know that you’ll be making a difference in animals’