Boarding Kennel or Cattery Operators manage the operations of establishments which offer temporary boarding for dogs and cats.

    Relevant experience is needed to work as a Boarding Kennel or Cattery Operator. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Boarding Kennel and Cattery Operators often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Tasks

    • Directs and oversees reservation.
    • Organises the feeding, bathing and grooming of animals at their facility.
    • Detects illnesses and injuries and arranges appropriate treatment.
    • Plans and supervises animal activities.
    • Assesses and reviews customer satisfaction.
    • Oversees accounting and purchasing activities.
    • Ensures compliance with appropriate legislation.
    • Trains staff.

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    • $1,806 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Boarding Kennel and Cattery Operators

    • 530 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 73% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 55 hours Average full-time
    • 55 years Average age
    • 66% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Boarding Kennel and Cattery Operators (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 520 in 2011 to 530 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Boarding Kennel and Cattery Operators work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Accommodation and Food Services.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (73%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 55 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 55 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (76%).
    • Gender: 66% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    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 Services87.2
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing8.6
    Accommodation and Food Services1.1
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.1
    Other Industries2.0

    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.
    StateBoarding Kennel and Cattery OperatorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW24.231.6
    VIC24.325.6
    QLD21.520.0
    SA5.47.0
    WA17.210.8
    TAS4.32.0
    NT2.41.0
    ACT0.61.9

    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 BracketBoarding Kennel and Cattery OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-242.1-9.39.3
    25-349.1-22.922.9
    35-4413.3-22.022.0
    45-5425.2-21.621.6
    55-5917.4-9.09.0
    60-6413.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over19.1-4.24.2

    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 QualificationBoarding Kennel and Cattery OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree12.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV19.7-21.121.1
    Year 1218.3-18.118.1
    Year 118.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below25.6-12.512.5

    Relevant experience is needed to work as a Boarding Kennel or Cattery Operator. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Boarding Kennel and Cattery Operators often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Membership with the Pet Industry Association of Australia may be useful.

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    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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    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      91% Important

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    2. Telephone

      89% Important

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    3. Contact With Others

      88% Important

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    4. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      86% Important

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    5. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      85% Important

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