Animal Caretakers

5.2/10 job score
AUTOMATION RISK
56%
risk level
POLLING
GROWTH
29.9%
by 2031
WAGES
$28,600
or $13.75 hourly
VOLUME
225,680
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 56% (Robots are watching)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Animal Caretakers' job openings is expected to rise 29.9% by 2031
'Animal Caretakers' is expected to be a very fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Animal Caretakers' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Animal Caretakers' was $28,600, or $13.75 hourly
'Animal Caretakers' are paid 37.5% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as animal caretakers?

As of 2021 there were 225,680 people employed as Animal Caretakers within the United States.
This represents around 0.16% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 624 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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Comments

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

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