American’s spend billions on their pets each year, a fact that points to great potential for jobs with animals, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Drawn to the love they have for their furry and feathered friends, many kids proclaim “vet” as their top pick for a job when they grow up. That’s a noble profession, no doubt, but there are dozens of other well-paying ways to work with the animals you love. And most cost a lot less to get into than veterinary school.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects careers with animals and related services to grow by over 20 percent by the year 2018 (compared to 2008). That’s a prediction for greater job growth than in most other sectors, they report.
Here are some in-demand jobs for pet lovers to think about, according to Rita Colorito, a business and financial writer for www.BankRate.com:
Pet sitter: Stay with the pet in his home overnight or visit once or twice a day, depending on the animal and owner. Provide food, potty breaks and fun.
Dog walker: Full-time hoofers walk one or more pets each day, spending six to eight hours a day with leash in hand.
Groomer: You can make money coiffing the fur of both cats and dogs, and by giving a little attention to their nails, as well.
Pooper Scooper: Though not the most glamorous of jobs, there’s really cash potential for folks who are willing to do the dirty work.
Find out more about these jobs, how much they earn and start-up costs.
Do you have a pet-related job? How did you get started?