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25 jobs where you get to work with animals

Stacker Logo By Jennifer Billock of Stacker | Slide 1 of 26: Are you an animal lover? Does the idea of spending your days working with pets or exotic animals make you want to instantly change careers to something a little bit furrier and friendlier? Maybe you think that you have to have an advanced degree in veterinary medicine or years of experience as a zookeeper to work with animals, but that's simply not the case.

The realm of animal-related jobs runs the gamut, covering everything from wildlife rehabilitators and pet store owners to more obscure occupations like pet psychics and pet massage therapists. And you don't necessarily need a ton of training to get some of those positions—many of which pay surprisingly well—although the number of hours you have to work could be similarly high.

Stacker compiled a list of jobs that will allow you to work with animals of different shapes and sizes. They require zero experience to extensive experience and could require as little as a high school diploma up to a doctorate degree. For each job, we've outlined what professionals are expected to do on a daily basis (spoiler alert: pet detectives probably don't do exactly what you think, but pet photographers do exactly what you think), and how much you could get paid (ranging from minimum wage to salaries in the six figures). We cover what the job competition is like, and how quickly or slowly that particular field is growing—meaning you'll be able to tell if more jobs will be available in the future, or if it's a dying field. Information was compiled from various career sources, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job search sites, and other workplace aggregators.

Read on to discover 25 jobs that will allow you to spend your working week with animals. 

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25 jobs where you get to work with animals

Are you an animal lover? Does the idea of spending your days working with pets or exotic animals make you want to instantly change careers to something a little bit furrier and friendlier? Maybe you think that you have to have an advanced degree in veterinary medicine or years of experience as a zookeeper to work with animals, but that's simply not the case.

The realm of animal-related jobs runs the gamut, covering everything from wildlife rehabilitators and pet store owners to more obscure occupations like pet psychics and pet massage therapists. And you don't necessarily need a ton of training to get some of those positions—many of which pay surprisingly well—although the number of hours you have to work could be similarly high.

Stacker compiled a list of jobs that will allow you to work with animals of different shapes and sizes. They require zero experience to extensive experience and could require as little as a high school diploma up to a doctorate degree. For each job, we've outlined what professionals are expected to do on a daily basis (spoiler alert: pet detectives probably don't do exactly what you think, but pet photographers do exactly what you think), and how much you could get paid (ranging from minimum wage to salaries in the six figures). We cover what the job competition is like, and how quickly or slowly that particular field is growing—meaning you'll be able to tell if more jobs will be available in the future, or if it's a dying field. Information was compiled from various career sources, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job search sites, and other workplace aggregators.

Read on to discover 25 jobs that will allow you to spend your working week with animals. 

You may also like: Longest-living dog breeds

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