Animal Attendants and Trainers train, feed, groom and care for animals.

    You can work as an Animal Attendant or Trainer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Animal Attendants and Trainers often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Tasks

    • teaching animals to obey verbal and non-verbal commands and addressing behavioural problems
    • training animals to accept riders and pull vehicles
    • training animals to perform in competitions
    • bathing, cutting, combing, blow-drying and styling pets' coats, clipping their nails and cleaning their ears
    • inspecting, preparing, cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining comfortable animal cages and enclosures
    • transporting food, filling water troughs and feeding animals according to their individual needs
    • maintaining animal health records, treating minor injuries and reporting serious conditions to Veterinarians
    • exercising and playing with animals, answering visitor questions, and transferring animals between enclosures by leading or carrying them
    • dusting and spraying insecticides on animals and immersing them in insecticide baths, to control insect pests

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    • $986 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 15,100 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 51% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 68% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Animal Attendants and Trainers (in their main job) grew moderately the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 15,100 in 2018 to 17,100 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 12,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,400 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Animal Attendants and Trainers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Arts and Recreation Services; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $986 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (51%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 68% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200810600
    200912700
    201011500
    201113500
    201214400
    201314500
    201416600
    201515400
    201616500
    201721000
    201815100
    202317100

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsAnimal Attendants and TrainersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings9861460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Other Services49.2
    Arts and Recreation Services22.2
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7.7
    Education and Training7.1
    Other Industries13.8

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateAnimal Attendants and TrainersAll Jobs Average
    NSW29.331.6
    VIC25.825.6
    QLD21.920.0
    SA7.17.0
    WA11.210.8
    TAS2.42.0
    NT1.01.0
    ACT1.31.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketAnimal Attendants and TrainersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-197.1-5.05.0
    20-2413.4-9.39.3
    25-3423.2-22.922.9
    35-4419.7-22.022.0
    45-5419.9-21.621.6
    55-597.0-9.09.0
    60-645.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.6-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationAnimal Attendants and TrainersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree11.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV23.1-21.121.1
    Year 1222.9-18.118.1
    Year 117.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below22.0-12.512.5

    You can work as an Animal Attendant or Trainer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Animal Attendants and Trainers often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Animal Care and Management VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    Useful links and resources


    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

    Employers look for Animal Attendants and Trainers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      52% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. English Language

      38% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    3. Mechanical

      35% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    4. Education and Training

      34% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    5. Biology

      33% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-2021.00 - Nonfarm Animal Caretakers.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      91% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    2. Telephone

      89% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Contact With Others

      88% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    4. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      86% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

    5. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      85% Important

      How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-2021.00 - Nonfarm Animal Caretakers.

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