Many careers relate to animals. Here is a sampling of jobs that involve animals directly or aim to meet their needs as individuals or species.
Outdoor recreation planner
Animal refuge or shelter manager
Animal trainer or handler (especially dogs and horses)
"Cruelty-free" products manager
Animal control officer
Volunteer coordinator for an animal agency
Fish and game warden
Conservation and wildlife manager
Writer or editor of books about wildlife and natural history
Animal rights advocate
Farming reform advocate
Outreach coordinator for an animal/wildlife program
Zoo or aquarium employee
Nonprofit conservation organization employee (for example, Friends of the National Zoo or World Wildlife Fund)
Animal protective agency employee
Department of the Interior employee
National Park Service employee
Fish and Wildlife Service employee
Fishery and wildlife technician
State conservation agency employee
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If you want to work with animals it would be helpful to get as much experience related to the career you want to pursue as you can. Sometimes places tend to look more at your experience than your degree.
You can gain experience by going to camps, volunteering, an internship, a job, etc.
What are some other ways to gain animal experience?
Some places to look for volunteer jobs or internships might be:
• Veterinary offices
• Animal training classes (does your dog need obedience training?)
• Local Humane Society
• Local Park Service
• Wildlife rehabilitation centers (like for wolves, bears, big cats, birds of prey, and even bats)
• Animal shelters
• Farms (for domestic animals, or even ostrich, llama, or butterfly farms)
• Pet breeders (those that breed specific kinds of dogs, cats, or horses)
• Horse stables and boarding facilities
• 4-H Clubs
1. To get a job working with animals, you need experience with animals. This bit of truth seems to create a frustrating circle. You need experience to get a job, but you can't get experience unless you have a job, right? Well, yes and no.
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1. To begin a career caring for animals, you should...
Depending on what you decide to do, some degrees to look into:
* Zoo Technology, Zookeeping Technology, Animal Technology
* Animal/Zoo/Wildlife Management and/or Training
* Animal Science, Zoo Science, Aquarium Science, Wildlife Sciences
* Zoo Education
* Animal/Zoo/Wildlife Care and/or Husbandry
* Zoo Conservation, Exotic Conservation, Wildlife Conservation
* Ethology or Animal Behavior
* Biology, Marine Biology, Wildlife Biology
* Wildlife Ecology
* Agriculture, Aquaculture
* Psychology, Animal Psychology
* Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
* Photograph, Film Production
Continue to look through Y!A, people sometimes give good advice on how to pursue a career. You could also talk to your career counselor at school about what you should do and how to pursue it. And continue to research animal careers online.
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