So you want to be a dog trainer? Employment outlook

 

The  job of animal trainer and/or kennel manager is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of labor Statistics, predicts a 28% growth rate through 2012.
The Career

 The canine trainer and/or kennel manager are all terms that come to describe an individual who is prepared to step into a position of substantial responsibility within the canine field. It is a challenging career for persons who are interested in animals and dedicated to their care and well being.

Job Opportunities

 The demand for canine trainers and/or kennel managers is on the increase. Almost every household in the United States owns a pet and the need for proper care, assistance, training and guidance for these companions is a daily necessity.  Many of these work in their own neighborhood or community. Some of these opportunities can be found in the following areas:

  • Pet stores
  • Boarding kennels
  • Training facilities                   
  • Veterinary offices
  • Grooming shops         
  • Pet sitters
  • Breeding facilities
  • Therapy dog associations
  • Conformation (dog shows) handler or assistant
  • Obedience trial handler or assistant
  • Disaster relief handler
  • Training and research centers
  • Animal nutrition centers
  • Sled dog kennels
  • Self employment
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