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Animal Trainers


Animal trainers teach animals to obey commands so the animals can be counted on to perform these tasks in given situations. The animals can be trained for up to several hundred commands, to compete in shows or races, to perform tricks to entertain audiences, to protect property, or to act as guides for the disabled. Animal trainers may work with several types of animals or specialize with one type. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, approximately 14,830 animal trainers are employed in the United States.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training




Faster than the Average
Personality Traits


Hands On


Career Ladder
Self Employed or Head Animal Trainer

Animal Trainer

Animal Keeper or Caretaker

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