By: Elizabeth Simon & Jordan Newman
Requirements to be an animal trainer at SeaWorld:
Must be able to work and gain relationships with different types of animals
Must have physical and strength abilities
Must be able to answer questions on tours and for people
Must be able to perform and speak in front of large audiences
An education is not required, but preferred. Some sort of college coursework in marine biology or related areas is beneficial.
A regular animal trainer would make on average $30,000 a year
Being an animal trainer at SeaWorld, you would make on average $60,000-$70,000 a year
Hands on interaction with animals
Potential for bonding with your animal
A fun and never boring work environment
Hard, long physical hours
Constant smell of fish
Chlorinated, matted hair
Why it's important?
Tourism plays a big deal in people's lives and without animal trainers, there would not be SeaWorld's located around the nation leading to a decrease in tourism sights. Also they need people to maintain and control these animals.
Performing with killer whales.
Trainers letting animals know if they have done the desired behavior.
Trainer using a whistle performing the bridge signal
Trainer teaching an animal to flip out the water
Animal learning through the teaching of mimicking and observation
Animal being praised for doing its correct behavior