A Taxidermist Finishes a Bird

Taxidermists preserve and prepare animal skins and parts to create lifelike animal replicas. Taxidermists prepare the underpadding and mounting to which the skin will be attached, model the structure to resemble the animal's body, and then attach appropriate coverings, such as skin, fur, or feathers. They may add details, such as eyes or teeth, to make a more realistic representation. The animals they mount or stuff may be for private or public display. Museums frequently display creations from taxidermists to exhibit rare, exotic, or extinct animals. Hunters also use taxidermists' services to mount fishing and hunting trophies for display.

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Quick Facts
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Duties Preserve and prepare animal skins and parts to create lifelike animal replicas
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship or other experience required
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Hands On
  • Business Management
  • Drawing/Design
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Taxidermy Shop Owner
  • Taxidermist
  • Apprentice or Trainee