Marine Animal Trainer

Hunter Terrell

Job Description

Marine Animal trainers train animals such as dolphins, sea lions, seals, and even killer whales. The normally work in zoos and aquariums or any other wildlife facility. They care for their animal, exercise them, keep them healthy through a select diet, and spend time with their animal. Besides training, marine animal trainers play with their animals and provide companionship to them, while also making they have no health problems that could need urgent veterinarian care.

Work Conditions

Some of the work you do is not always working with the animal, but sometimes heavy lifting, physically exhausting work, and working outside. This job has unpleasant and even some dangerous duties. They work long hours and plus animals must be cared for regulary.

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Education and Salary

You must posses at least a Bachelors Degree and some may even require you to have a degree in marine biology or another similar degree. Some places also prefer you to have some type of training experience working with animals.

  • The median annual salary is around $27,000 while the high being $52,000 annually.

Equipment Used

  • Scuba Gear- Consist of a portable breathing device for free-swimming divers, consisting of a mouthpiece joined by hoses to one or two tanks of compressed air that are strapped on the back.
  • Whistle- Used to communicate with the animal, because of its high pitch it can be heard above and below the water and is always the same. Consistency is important.
  • Target Pole- Acts as an extension of the trainer's arm, may be used for the more high-energy behaviors.

Pros And Cons

Pros- Hands on interaction with animals, Bond with an animal, animal lovers benefit from this job, generally get to work away from the office setting

Cons- Hard physical work, Long hours, Constant smell of fish, Possible injuries, and chlorinated hair

Why Is This Career Important?

  • Help to ensure their survival
  • Learn their behaviors and movement patterns
  • It is education that allows the public to develop an understanding and respect for marine life

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