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Animal Control Workers

Also called: Animal Attendant, Animal Control Officer, Animal Park Code Enforcement Officer, Community Service Officer

What they do:
Handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.
On the job, you would:
  • Investigate reports of animal attacks or animal cruelty, interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, and writing reports.
  • Capture and remove stray, uncontrolled, or abused animals from undesirable conditions, using nets, nooses, or tranquilizer darts as necessary.
  • Examine animals for injuries or malnutrition, and arrange for any necessary medical treatment.


Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Animal Shelter Manager
  • ARK Software Ark Shelter Software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
per year, on average
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