Animal Trainers

Animal trainers teach animals to obey commands so the animals can be counted on to perform these tasks in given situations. The animals can be trained for up to several hundred commands, to compete in shows or races, to perform tricks to entertain audiences, to protect property, or to act as guides for the disabled. Animal trainers may work with several types of animals or specialize with one type. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, approximately 11,170 animal trainers are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Train animals to obey commands so that they can compete in shows or races, perform tricks to entertain audiences, protect property, act as guides for the disabled, or receive care at zoos or aquariums
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Psychology
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Self Employed or Head Animal Trainer
  • Animal Trainer
  • Animal Keeper or Caretaker

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