Animal Trainer

By Chris Chong Mods 25-27

Overall Job Description

Animal trainers teach animals how to perform various roles, like training horses to play polo.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Feed and exercise animals
  • Train animals for movies, T.V, plays, circus shows, etc.
  • Look at an animal's physical traits to look for signs of illness
  • Train dogs to help people, like guide dogs, or to guard property
  • Train horses for riding, racing, work, show, etc.
  • Talk to animals and interact with them so they get used to the human voice and human interaction
  • Evaluate animals to determine their temperament and abilities for training

Working Conditions

Animal trainers are employed in a variety of settings. Many work at kennels; others work at zoos, stables, animal shelters, pet stores, veterinary clinics, and aquariums.

Current Salary

As of 2014, the current salary of the animal trainer is $20,610 a year, and $9.91 per hour.

Education Needed

At least a high school degree is needed to become an animal trainer.

Job Outlook

Overall employment of animal trainers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.