Laboratory Animal Caretaker
~Check for signs of disease, illness, or injury
~Clean and disinfect cages
~Clean and sterilize operating room
~Collect blood, urine, and feces speciments
Pros & Cons
~You can work in many different settings
~You get to spend time with animals
~Some jobs don't even require more than a high school diploma
~There are plenty places that need a caretaker
~Satisfaction of knowing you are helping the animals
~One of the lowest paying jobs
~Can get hurt by a scared animal
~You have to see animals suffering
~You can get bit
~You need to be committed, it's going to take some of your time
~You have to be prepared to work on weekends, holidays, and when you're tired & sick.
~You need to have good communication skills, you will need to convey information effectively.
~You need to understand how to read written instructions
~Clinics, stables, boarding kennels, and pet stores may need job training or mentoring from an experienced worker.
~Animal training facilities and zoos may want more advanced training, for example, a health technician certificate or a bachelors degree in animal science or biology.
~Animal shelters usually hire volunteers or someone who has had some experience.
~Most places just ask for volunteers
~This job is available pretty much everywhere, stables, aquariums, zoos, vet clinics, and farms.
~The hourly pay starts from $8.04 and can go up to $16.29
~Farm animal caretakers make about $24,130 yearly
~Animal trainers make $30,510 yearly