This title explores options for those interested in working with animals, ranging from positions with no certificate requirements--dog walkers, pet sitters, and pet groomers --up to veterinarians and zoologists with advanced degrees. The veterinary field offers a wide range of opportunities, from veterinary assistant or technician to veterinarians with years of training. Animal specialists include trainers responsible for preparing animals for stage and film and providing special care to the disabled. Animal shelters and animal rescue organizations are another way to work with animals. The types of careers available to animal lovers are as diverse as species in the animal kingdom. From the highly scientific and research-based, like marine biologist and agriculture scientist, to compassionate, hands-on caregiver, like vet tech and animal officer, Careers Working with Animals offers insight into what these jobs are like.
The next section in Careers Working with Animals details 27 Profiles in related occupations, including:
Interesting enhancements, like “A Day in the Life of…”, and several charts and tables, add depth to the discussion. A highlight of multiple chapters is the Conversation With—a comprehensive interview with a professional in a related job. This section offers insight into specific areas of this career path including a wildlife rehabilitator; an animal welfare scientist; a professional horse trainer; a bison rancher, and more.
Each chapter begins with a Snapshot of the occupation that includes median pay, job outlook, typical education requirements, working conditions, and recommended areas of interest. This is followed by these major categories:
- Career Overview includes a description of the career in terms of its: duties, examples of titles of positions in that specific career, work environment and work schedules.
- How to Become… that explains how to begin and grow a career within a specific career profile by describing important qualities, education, licenses and certifications, and advancement opportunities.
- Similar Occupations lists specific jobs that are related in some way to the public administration career profiled.
- Job Outlook and Job Prospects describe current and anticipated rate of growth for a specific career and compares to other jobs in the area.
Additionally, this title includes back matter of:
- Appendix A: Guide to Holland Code. This discusses John Holland’s theory that people and work environments can be classified into six different groups: Realistic; Investigative; Artistic; Social; Enterprising; and Conventional.
- Appendix B: General Bibliography. This is a collection of suggested readings, organized into major categories.
- Appendix C: Web Resources. Online resources for education, certification, professional development, and networking can be found in this appendix.
- Subject Index: Includes people, concepts, technologies, terms, principles, and all specific occupations discussed in the occupational profile chapters.
This ongoing series serves as a stepping stone in understanding specific careers and provides a wealth of information on the education and training needed within each profession along with a look towards the future of the field with an informative employment outlook.
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This single comprehensive guidebook provides students passionate about finding work with animals with the necessary insight into the wide array of diverse and dynamic options available to them. The book offers guidance regarding what job seekers can expect in terms of training, advancement, earnings, job prospects, and more. Careers Working with Animals is specifically designed for a high school and undergraduate audience and is edited to align with secondary or high school curriculum standards.