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Perfect Jobs for Pet Lovers
Businesses all over the globe have started to recognize how much our pets mean to us. Major companies like Glassdoor, Buzzfeed, and even Amazon have policies that let their employees bring their dogs to work.
But if that isn’t enough for you, you can start looking into fields that will give you the opportunity to work with animals on a daily basis. Whether you want a full-time career working with pets or you’re just looking for a little extra cash, there are plenty of opportunities for pet lovers to make a living doing what they love.
With that in mind, let’s look at a few different career opportunities for people who love pets.
Pet Store Owner
If you not only love animals, but you have a bit of business knowledge under your belt, one opportunity is to open a pet store, or even a specialized pet food store/bakery. Most pet shops are animal-friendly, which allows pet owners to bring in their dogs, cats, and more. This allows you to interact with animals on a daily basis, and you can take pride in knowing you’re providing for these animals’ needs and wants.
Pet owners love spending money on their four-legged friends. In 2016 alone, the pet industry made over $66 billion. Needless to say, money is no object when it comes to making sure pets have the best.
So don’t be afraid to offer high-quality items if you do open a shop or e-commerce site. Putting together promotions for feeding accessories, travel gear, and toys will attract pet owners to your store on a regular basis, looking to keep their furry family members happy and healthy.
If you really love dogs and you showed a knack for training your own pooch, you might consider becoming a professional dog trainer.
Trainers are always in demand by pet owners who need everything from help potty training their dogs to advanced obedience commands.
But becoming a trainer doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll have to attend courses that can last anywhere from several weeks to several months, and obtain certifications that will show potential clients your skills and education. Many trainers work as apprentices under other dog trainers to gain experience they can add to a resume.
Once you start to build up a client base, being a dog trainer can be a fun and lucrative position, with most trainers earning an average of $20 per hour.
If you don’t have enough time to devote to a career with pets, you can consider volunteering some of the time you do have. Working at a non-profit organization like a rescue or shelter is a great way to make a difference in an animal’s life.
Most shelters are over-full and in constant need of workers and supplies. You can also donate your time to organizations fighting against animal abuse. Working or volunteering for non-profits helps you to have an impact on a lot of animals. If you donate your money or possessions as well as your time, you may even be looking at tax credits and deductions from the IRS.
Building Up a Side Hustle
There are so many potential pet businesses you can do on the side, so you don’t have to give up your day job. If you’re a pet lover, having a side hustle is a great way to make some extra money while doing something you really enjoy. These side jobs are also great for college students who might not have a lot of time outside of class and extracurriculars but who still need some spending money.
Some common pet-related side jobs you can start with include:
- Pet sitting
- Dog walking
- Offering boarding services
- Planning pet parties
- Making gourmet pet treats
Again, people love their pets and are usually willing to spend a little extra money to make sure they have everything they need. If you’re a pet lover, you probably would be willing to do the same for your pooch or kitty!
So, whether you’re feeling stuck in a career that’s unfulfilling, you want to make a change, or you’re just looking for a productive outlet to fuel your pet passion, consider some of these careers that will allow you to work with animals regularly – and get paid for it.
Noah Yarnol Rue is always looking where his next trip will take him . When he’s not traveling the world, he’s writing articles on the new things he learns. Noah also enjoys a good meme from time to time. You can find Noah on LinkedIn.