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

  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.


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 11.368.258.93 10.1012.4716.72
Alaska 12.289.029.44 11.1213.5017.45
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 11.708.979.29 10.3911.8614.89
Fairbanks North Star Borough 11.629.119.70 11.8613.3714.34
Southeast Region 12.599.029.41 11.9214.0719.67
Balance of State 15.2712.1412.91 14.2017.6021.33

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
469103 22.06.9 4.2
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation122
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation4
UI claimants previously working in occupation20
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 242
Number of job position postings 58
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.2

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