Animal Trainers (39-2011)

Occupation description:  Train animals for riding, harness, security, performance, or obedience, or assisting persons with disabilities. Accustom animals to human voice and contact; and condition animals to respond to commands. Train animals according to prescribed standards for show or competition. May train animals to carry pack loads or work as part of pack team.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 2729 7.40 11
United States 36,80040,900 11.1410 1,3301,740

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 16.629.0110.38 13.3119.5827.91
Alaska 16.5310.4411.47 13.8220.5223.46

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
535 9.414.3 8.2
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation19
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation10
UI claimants previously working in occupation5
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 107
Number of job position postings 4
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 26.8

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor