Best jobs if you’re an animal lover

If you’re like me, the thought of a job where you get to hang out with all sorts of fur balls would be heaven! There are all kinds of purrrfect opportunities out there if you’re looking for a career that involves working with animals – from veterinarians to marine biologists. Read on for our list of top jobs if you’re an animal lover.

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Veterinarian

Veterinarians are one of the most popular and rewarding career options for animal lovers. Vets spend their day caring for all types of animals – big and small. Vets daily tasks include routine check-ups, surgeries and vaccinations.  To become a vet you will need at least a Bachelor Degree and be a registered veterinary practitioner. There is expected to be very high future growth in this occupation, with nearly 2,000 new jobs expected to be created over the next 5 years. If you’d prefer to help care for animals while they are receiving treatment, then veterinarian nurses are also in demand with around 1,100 new jobs expected over the next 5 years.

Animal carer or trainer

If you’re obsessed with animals, then becoming an animal carer or trainer might be the right fit for you. You’ll get to hang out with your fluffy and feathery friends all day. These types of jobs cover everything from zookeepers to horse trainers to pet groomers.

Every day will be different, but typical tasks include cleaning, feeding and monitoring animals – whether in a zoo, stable, or salon. Many of these are physical roles where you will be moving around a lot or working outdoors in all sorts of weather. You will usually need a Certificate III or IV and on-the-job training to get into these roles. If you’re passionate about working in this field, then volunteering at an animal shelter can also help you get some experience and get your foot in the door. There is strong future growth predicted in this industry with 2,000 new jobs expected to be created over the next 5 years.

Marine biologist

If the fluffy and feathery kind isn’t your thing, then why not explore a career in marine biology? If you are the outdoorsy type, this job might be perfect for you. You will spend time travelling, diving, researching and conducting experiments. You will need at least a Bachelor Degree and on-the-job training. Find out from a marine ecologist about how they got into this field.

Farmers and shearers

If you are looking for a more hands on job, you could consider a job as a shearer or livestock farmer. Becoming a shearer requires specialised skills and the work is very physical. Shearing doesn’t hurt the sheep it’s more like getting a haircut, but it can cause some stress on the animal. So it’s important that shearers are trained to shear sheep quickly and without injury. You will usually need a certificate and at least 2 years on-the-job training to get into these roles.

Livestock farmers are more than just cattle farmers. Other job titles include beekeepers, deer farmers and horse breeders. The role involves all sorts of work from feeding and raising livestock, to making products from their animals like milk, eggs, honey, and meat. You will need at least 5 years of experience to work in this type of role.

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Ready to start working with animals? Go to jobactive.gov.au to start searching today.

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2 comments

  1. The hyperlink for jobactive .gov.au takes you to a page for an app called Hemingway for editing documents not to jobactive at all.

    1. Ooops! Thanks for letting us know Alysoun. We’ve updated the link to point to the right place!

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