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Animal Behaviorist

Animal behaviorist work with animals day in and day out. Taking care of them as far as food craft, cleaning, and then also working with them in the shows and training them to be natural behaviors.

Hours: Hours vary day to day. Expect long hours.

Opportunities: Employment of animal care and service workers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2016. But jobs in zoos are expected to grow more slowly than other animal care jobs.   Jobs for zookeepers are harder to find than other kinds of animal jobs. Many people want zoo jobs, so there is competition to get them.

Pay: In 2006, half of all animal caretakers working in zoos earned more than $10.75 an hour and half earned less. Half of all animal trainers in zoos earned more than $11.89 an hour, and half earned less.

Training: Many keepers go to college for 2 or 4 years. They often study biology, animal science, or some other science. Keepers also need to understand math so that they can measure food properly. Keepers need good writing and speaking skills, too, so that they can take notes and talk to the public.

Citation: North Carolina's Bioscience Clearing House, Bioscience Careers, 2000 Animal Behaviorist, on the Internet at http://www.aboutbioscience.org/animal_behaviorist.html

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