Careers with Animals

Many of us love animals from aardvarks to zebras and everything in between. Most people obtain a dog, a cat or a goldfish and that is enough, but there are some that have more of a desire to make a difference with animals. For those people who want a career with animals there are a multitude of options available.

Here is a small sampling of some of the careers available with domestic and wild animals:

  • Animal Behaviorist
  • Animal Control Officer
  • Animal Sanctuary Caregiver
  • Animal Trainers and Handlers
  • Conservation Manager
  • Game Warden or Wildlife Officer
  • Marine Biologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Zookeeper
  • Zoologist

We receive a number of calls and emails from aspiring zookeepers each week asking for help and guidance in finding a job. It seems the zookeeper career is one of the most popular of all the animal related careers available and one that is very difficult to break into. For those of you with the drive, commitment and determination to become a keeper here are some links to help you:

American Zoological Association

American Association of Zookeepers

There are a number of Zoo Keeping and Exotic Animal Management and Training Programs available across the country . Here are just a few of the 2 year Associates degree programs from accredited colleges:

Pikes Peak Community College Zoo Keeping Technology

Sante Fe College Teaching Zoo

Moorpark College



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