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Zookeepers

Overview

Zookeepers provide the day-to-day care for animals in zoological parks. They prepare the diets, clean and maintain the exhibits and holding areas, and monitor the behavior of animals that range from the exotic and endangered to the more common and domesticated. Zookeepers interact with visitors and conduct formal and informal educational presentations. They sometimes assist in research studies, and depending upon the species, may also train animals. Zookeepers may also be known as animal caretakers. 

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $50,000

Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree

Certification/License

None

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On

Problem-Solving

Scientific

Career Ladder
Zoologist or Curator

Area Supervisor or Assistant Curator

Senior Keeper

Zookeeper

Zookeeper Trainee