Pet groomers, due to the nature of their job, often take a good and careful look at the animal they are grooming. They are often the first to notice a medical problem. Not surprisingly, not all the work of a pet groomer is as glamorous as combing out matted hair or giving a flea bath. Sometimes pet groomers find themselves discovering ticks, nasty rashes or sore spots that no one had yet discovered. Oh there is no fun quite like the fun of discovering a one hundred and twenty pound pitbull’s sore left rear leg. Just magic!
Career Opportunities and Job Outlook-Fair:
The animal service industry is growing pretty quickly. By 2016, it is expected that the number of people in the industry could grow by as much as nineteen percent.
A Day in The Life:
A typical day of a pet groomer begins by removing various strategically placed bandages and examining scratches and bites. Afterwards, ointments and new bandages are applied. In time, “old pros” learn to almost psychically avoid the nasty retorts of the various vicious little, poorly trained beasts that frequent their establishment.
Much of the day of the pet groomer is spent combing out hair, clipping toenails and trying to figure out why anyone in their right mind would bring a cat in for a bath. Beyond that, the job largely consists of not hurting any animals by mistake and not getting bitten or scratched.
Animal caregivers such as groomers should expect to earn around $9 per hour.
Career Training and Qualifications:
Pet groomers usually learn on the job and there are no specific educational requirements.