Animal Caretakers

risk level
Based on 117 votes
by year 2032
or $14.20 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

56% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

User poll

31% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a higher chance of automation: 56% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Animal Caretakers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Animal Caretakers' job openings is expected to rise 29.9% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Animal Caretakers' was $29,530, or $14 per hour

'Animal Caretakers' were paid 36.2% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 256,670 people employed as 'Animal Caretakers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.17% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 576 people are employed as 'Animal Caretakers'.

Job description

Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise provide care to promote and maintain the well-being of pets and other animals that are not raised for consumption, such as dogs, cats, race horses, ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice. Work in settings such as kennels, animal shelters, zoos, circuses, and aquariums. May keep records of feedings, treatments, and animals received or discharged. May clean, disinfect, and repair cages, pens, or fish tanks.

SOC Code: 39-2021.00


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shan says
This is BS. Animals are unpredictable and not easy to work with. No robot is gonna be able to anticipate their constant changes in behaviour or stop them from wiggling around while bathing/brushing/cleaning them. I can see kennel cleaning or feeding being automated but a human is always gonna be needed to look out for animals and interact with them.
Apr 13, 2022 at 02:23 PM
Ching Canada (Highly likely) says
I dont think robots can address the needs of an animal especially the beloved one. Regardless, the future's gonna make it possible tho
Aug 30, 2021 at 03:29 AM
oscar (Low) says
because animals need humans to comfort them when they are not felling well or need human interaction.
Aug 13, 2021 at 11:06 PM
Rebecca says
Can't see how the entire job could be automated?? For example no one is going to use a boarding kennel or cattery with no human workers.
Jan 19, 2020 at 04:37 PM
trinity says
frb thares noi way for that to happen
Nov 17, 2023 at 03:10 PM

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