5 great animal care jobs for pet lovers
When it comes to spending habits, Americans lavish money on their pets, spending $45.5 billion in 2009, including $3.36 billion on pet services, according to the American Pet Products Association, in Greenwich, Conn.
As a result, pet jobs for animal care and service workers are expected to outpace jobs in other sectors and grow by 21 percent from 2008 to 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For those who love animals and want to cash in on caring for the cute and cuddly, here are some in-demand, animal care jobs. Most don't require formal job training and allow you to set your own hours and work schedule.
These pet jobs also offer low-cost points of entry. The one downside for all: Work-related injuries and illness for animal care workers is higher than the national average, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To find out if pet jobs fit into your future, read on.