Nonfarm Animal Caretakers (39-2021)

Occupation description:  Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise care for pets and other nonfarm animals, such as dogs, cats, 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. Excludes Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers (31-9096).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 316367 16.15 712
United States 204,800226,400 10.62,160 4,2206,380

Job outlook

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

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 11.748.449.17 10.5712.9517.24
Alaska 13.739.7610.38 12.1815.3420.71
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 13.939.7610.37 12.0915.8321.17
Fairbanks North Star Borough 12.919.9210.51 11.5113.6520.38
Southeast Region 12.389.759.76 11.2213.8616.61
Balance of State 14.849.7612.66 14.1116.7921.28

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
465118 25.410.1 7.4
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation154
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation5
UI claimants previously working in occupation28
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 282
Number of job position postings 26
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 10.8

Alaska Licensing Information

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

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

Training Resources

Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Pet Grooming