Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
On the Job
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers care for pets and other animals that do not live on farms. They may work in kennels, animal shelters, zoos, circuses, and aquariums. They feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise care for animals. They may care for dogs,
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Discuss service options or needs with clients.
- Clean facilities or work areas.
- Clean tools or equipment.
- Perform housekeeping duties.
- Prepare foods or meals.
- Train animals.
- Monitor health or behavior of people or animals.
- Monitor patron activities to identify problems or potential problems.
- Document client health or progress.
- Respond to customer inquiries.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Working with a group or team.
- Frequent decision-making.
- Exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
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