Pet Shop Workers

For pet store work, you will need to develop a good business sense, an ability to work well with customers, and a knowledge of animals and their care. In high school, accounting, marketing, and other business related courses are valuable, as are math courses. You'll need math for both money management and for figuring proper feed and medication amounts for the animals. The sciences are important for anyone working with animals. A knowledge of chemistry will come in handy when preparing medications and chemicals for the aquariums. Biology will introduce you to the biological systems of various kinds of animals. Geography courses can also add to your understanding of animals by introducing you to their natural habitats and origins.


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