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Pet Groomer

Pet Groomer

Career Advice on How to Become A Pet Groomer

Do you enjoy having your eyes clawed at?  Do you like the sharp piercing stab of teeth, both big and small, ripping into your surprisingly soft flesh?  If you answered both or either of these questions “yes,” then a career in pet grooming might be in your future.  Why no job search or career planning path is complete without a least considering working with animals!  

The job of pet groomer has a few things going for it.  There are lots of pets in the United States and few owners really feel much like giving their little four legged companions a bath or trimming their lovely nails.  This means a degree of job security as well.

Career Facts:

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.

Job Outlook is Fair

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.

Average Salary:

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.

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