Animal Handlers

Employment for nonfarm animal caretakers is expected to grow faster than the average for all careers through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Employment for animal trainers is expected to grow more slowly during this same time period. With the popularity of cable channels such as the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, as well as television specials and videos featuring animals, the public's interest in animals is only likely to increase. Zoos, parks, and museums will benefit a great deal from any increased exposure the public has to the animal kingdom. Zoos must also compete with television as family entertainment, and therefore are constantly striving to improve their facilities with more exotic animals, better shelters, and more programs to involve the public directly with animals.

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