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)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 392455 16.129 3469
United States 241,500300,000 24.218,500 21,80046,150

Job outlook

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2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 12.108.609.50 11.0313.3917.61
Alaska 13.6110.0710.57 12.4115.2819.84
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 13.5010.0710.39 12.0915.3819.64
Southeast Region 12.4410.0811.08 12.5513.7714.51
Balance of State 14.4010.0710.86 13.6617.0821.33

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

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Pet Grooming