Pet Shop Workers

Pet shop workers, from entry-level clerks to store managers, are involved in the daily upkeep of a pet store. They sell pet supplies including food, medicine, toys, carriers, and educational books and videos. They work with customers, answering questions and offering animal care advice. They keep the store, aquariums, and animal cages clean, and look after the health of the pets for sale. They also stock shelves, order products from distributors, and maintain records on the animals and products.

Pet stores have experienced healthy growth in the past few years, particularly the two largest pet store companies: Petsmart and Petco.

Quick Facts
Duties Feed and supply water to any animals that the pet store sells, primarily guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, birds, fish and reptiles; offer advice to customers on pet care and products; keep store clean and stocked with products; operate cash register and other store equipment; maintain records of sales, animal health, and any in-store pet adoptions
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Mathematics
Experience On-the-job training
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Enterprising
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Owner, Pet Shop
  • Manager, Pet Shop
  • Pet Shop Worker

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