Dog Handlers or Trainers teach dogs to obey commands and undertake specific tasks.

    You can work as a Dog Handler or Trainer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in dog training might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Teaches animals to obey verbal and non-verbal commands and addresses behavioural problems.
    • Trains animals to perform in competitions.

    All Animal Attendants and Trainers

    • $986 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Dog Handlers and Trainers

    • 1,100 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 59% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 48 hours Average full-time
    • 40 years Average age
    • 59% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Dog Handlers and Trainers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 840 in 2011 to 1,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Dog Handlers and Trainers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Arts and Recreation Services.
    • Full-time: More than half work full-time (59%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 48 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 59% 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 Services54.3
    Public Administration and Safety18.7
    Arts and Recreation Services12.6
    Health Care and Social Assistance5.3
    Other Industries9.1

    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.
    StateDog Handlers and TrainersAll Jobs Average
    NSW29.331.6
    VIC27.625.6
    QLD21.820.0
    SA7.17.0
    WA11.110.8
    TAS1.42.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT1.01.9

    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 BracketDog Handlers and TrainersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.8-5.05.0
    20-247.9-9.39.3
    25-3426.2-22.922.9
    35-4424.1-22.022.0
    45-5423.4-21.621.6
    55-597.8-9.09.0
    60-644.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.0-4.24.2

    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 QualificationDog Handlers and TrainersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree15.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV30.5-21.121.1
    Year 1216.9-18.118.1
    Year 113.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below15.2-12.512.5

    You can work as a Dog Handler or Trainer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in dog training might be helpful.

    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.

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    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. Education and Training

      62% Skill level

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

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      60% Skill level

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

    3. Psychology

      52% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    4. Clerical

      49% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    5. English Language

      43% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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

    1. Freedom to Make Decisions

      96% Important

      How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      90% Important

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

    3. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      90% Important

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

    4. Spend Time Standing

      86% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

    5. Contact With Others

      85% Important

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

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