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Nonfarm Animal Caretakers (39-2021)

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).
Employment and Job Openings
EmploymentAverage Annual Openings
2018 Estimate2028 ProjectionPercent ChangeLabor Force ExitsOccupation TransfersTotal
Alaska 430 493 14.65 32 43 81
United States 285600 331400 0.0 21400 28500 54500
Job Outlook for Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is moderate with high employment opportunities.
2020 Wages
Mean WageWage by Percentile
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
United States 13.65 9.29 10.59 12.54 15.13 19.33
Alaska 16.34 11.19 12.17 14.61 19.02 25.76
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 16.66 11.05 11.89 14.49 19.91 27.43
Fairbanks North Star Borough 15.74 11.49 12.41 14.31 18.14 23.39
Balance of State 15.70 11.93 13.19 14.97 18.07 20.42

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.