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Animal Trainers

Also called: Trainer, Dog Trainer, Horse Trainer, Guide Dog Instructor

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Observe animals' physical conditions to detect illness or unhealthy conditions requiring medical care.
  • Cue or signal animals during performances.
  • Administer prescribed medications to animals.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • sales and marketing
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Social
  • teaching people how to do something
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Persistence
  • Attention to Detail

Technology

Examples of the technology used in this career will be available soon.

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$25,320
per year, on average
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