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Cool Careers with Animals

Did you know you can help animals in all sorts of ways?  Take the quiz online to see which type of animal-related career would be best for you! For more ideas, read below!

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1. Hands-on Animal Careers

Do you like being active and on your feet? You might enjoy one of these hands-on animal-related careers!

  • Dog Trainer
  • Zookeeper
  • Animal Control Officer
  • Animal Groomer
  • Animal Shelter Staff
  • Pet Adoption Counselor
  • Park Ranger
  • Dog Walker
  • Farm sanctuary staff
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Pet Sitter
  • Doggy Dare Care Attendant
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2. Science & Medicine Careers

Do you love learning? You might enjoy a job working in veterinary science or research!

  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Zoologist
  • Marine Biologist
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3. Creative Animal Careers

Do you love being creative, like making art, writing, or designing things? Here are some ideas for how you can help animals by tapping into your skills:

  • Writer for any animal-related organization
    • Animal shelters, nonprofit organizations, and magazines like Kind News need great creative writers!
  • Pet photographer
  • Artist or musician who raises money for animals with their art
  • Design pet products, like pet treats, collars, leashes, or other accessories
  • Graphic designer for an animal shelter or any animal-related organization 
  • Streamer, YouTuber, or vlogger who raises awareness about animals in need

4. Education Animal Careers

Do you love helping other people and teaching them new things? You might enjoy a career in the field of education! You can teach students about kindness to animals in any of the following careers:

  • Zoo Educator
  • Aquarium Educator
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Farm Sanctuary Educator
  • Animal Shelter Educator
  • Summer Camp Counselor
  • Special Education teacher
  • Teacher assistant
  • After-School Program Staff
  • Daycare staff
  • Preschool teacher
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • High school teacher
  • College professor

Which careers seem exciting to you?
Which careers do you want to learn more about?

  • Write down a few career ideas that stick out to you and do some research to see if they might be a good fit for you. 
  • Learn what you need to know and what steps you might need to take to get there. 
  • Ask a trusted adult for help finding volunteer opportunities near you to see what it’s really like to work in a certain field. You can also search the internet for “day in the life of a [name of career]” to find videos and articles that might help you learn more about what the career is really like.