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What Does an Animal Care Specialist Do?

Do you have a soft spot in your heart for animals? Ever wonder what it would be like spending your workday ensuring animals are well cared for in an environment where you’re surrounded by them — whether it’s a zoo, sanctuary, veterinarian office, or rescue? Then a career as an Animal Care Specialist is certainly something to consider. 

Animal Care Specialists play a key role in almost every organization that works with animals, and the need for specialists continues to grow!

Animal Care and Service Workers Fast Facts

Recommended Education 4-Year Bachelor’s Degree
Median Salary (2018) $24,990 per year
Workers Employed in U.S. (2018) 330,900
Projected Job Openings by 2028 51,700
Projected Growth Rate 16% (much faster than average)

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

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