Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

in Massachusetts

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).

Occupation Projection for Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

Title Employment Change Average Annual Typical education needed for entry
2016 2026 Level Percent Exits Transfers Change Openings
392021  Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 6,477 8,071 1,594 24.61 % 497 586 159 1,242 High school diploma or equivalent 

Nonfarm Animal Caretakers Projections by Industry

Industry 2016
Projected 2026 Employment Change
Mean Annual OES Wage
Number Percent Distribution Number Percent Distribution Number Percent
Miscellaneous Store Retailers    1,440  22 % 1,720  21 % 280  19 % $28,520
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Org    140  2 % 160  2 % 20  14 % $27,240
Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance
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