They say that a dog is mankind’s best friend. Some people love dogs so much that they choose to work with them professionally.
As the numbers of service and companion dogs, as well as family pets, continue to grow, demand will grow for people trained and specialized in caring for dogs. Other dog-related employment is also expected to increase.
The typical entry-level dog care worker has a high-school diploma or the equivalent, and most workers learn the skills they need through on-the-job training without needing certifications. Some jobs may require attending a specialized school, such as a pet grooming school. Dog trainers can take courses at community colleges, vocational schools or private institutions. Some roles, such as a vet, require a college degree.
Groups such as the National Dog Groomers Association of America, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International all offer certification programs. Many U.S. states require animal care and service workers who are self-employed to have a business license.
The market for all animal care workers is expected to grow 16 percent from 2018 to 2028, a higher rate than the average of other professions.
Here’s a list of 16 jobs that may be perfect for you if you love dogs, and estimates of what salary you can earn.