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.

Be well and stay safe

Things are weird right now. Here are some cute animals to brighten your day.

  • Cat dressed up in a wizard outfit
  • mum and baby Koala huggin in the tree
  • Dog dressed up with a hat and sun glasses
  • Seal sun baking
  • Dog and kitten sleeping together

Images: giphy, iStock

6 comments

  1. I’m currently studying animal companion studies cert 3, I am enrolling in the veterinary nurse cert4 afterwards and I have been contemplating to become a vet.

    1. Chase those dreams, Kevin! I would love to work with animals one day. I’d really like to have a farm rescue. I really love cows lol.

  2. Do you really believe that Farmers and shearers are animal lovers? They love animals so much that they want to abuse them and kill them, on a daily basis.

    1. Vegan entering the chat 🙂

      Based on my personal ethics I am not an animal agriculture advocate or supporter.

      However, I also don’t believe it is impossible that farmers and shearers don’t love the animals they work with. I have farmers in my family. I have been to their farms and know they 100% love and care for their animals *while they are raising them*. They just have philosophical differences about the purpose of these animals. I really wish they didn’t, but it is also their livelihood so it is a bit of a tangled mess to unravel.

      I hope for a future without animal agriculture. It would be a massive cultural shift, and I think we’re all aware of that. In the meantime, I would rather people who are drawn to work in animal ag actually do love and care for the animals, and give them as good a life as they can until they harvest them. It’s bleak, I know. But maybe it’s the best of a bad situation?

  3. 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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