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Hunters & Trappers

Also called: Hunter, Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator, Trapper, Wildlife Control Operator

What they do:
Hunt and trap wild animals for human consumption, fur, feed, bait, or other purposes.
On the job, you would:
  • Patrol trap lines or nets to inspect settings, remove catch, and reset or relocate traps.
  • Obtain permission from landowners to hunt or trap on their land.
  • Travel on foot, by vehicle, or by equipment such as boats, snowmobiles, helicopters, snowshoes, or skis to reach hunting areas.


Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • biology


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed
  • know where things are around you


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Innovation


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • DeerDays software
  • Strat-Tech Deer Hunting Expert
Map creation software
  • Trimble MyTopo Terrain Navigator Pro


Education: (rated 1 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Job Outlook

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