It’s #WorldAnimalDay and what better way to honour the occasion than by compiling a list of the 6 best jobs any true animal lover would dream of doing.
So, without further ado, animal lovers, here’re your dream jobs:
Description: Tend to zoo animals.
“This place is like a zoo!” That’s because your office literally is one and it’s your job as a zookeeper to look after and maintain the place. You’ll usually need a minimum of 5 GCSEs (A* to C) including English, maths and science, as well as some zoos may ask for A-levels or an equivalent qualification in animal care or animal science.
Description: Research and study both wild and captive animals.
Salary: £18,000 to £25,000
“It’s a jungle out there!” Well, for a zoologist, it literally is. As a Zoologist, it’ll be your job to watch, research, and care for wildlife. Often employed by universities, zoologists typically need a bachelor’s degree, preferably in zoology, wildlife biology or a similar related field.
Occupation: Wildlife Rehabilitator
Description: Caring for animals who are set to be returned to the wild.
Salary: £18,000 to £26,000
A wildlife rehabilitator rescues sick or injured animals back to health and returns them to their natural habitats once they’re strong enough to survive on their own. For this, a high school diploma with relevant experience might lands you the job, but a degree in a relevant field, such as biology or veterinary medicine would really set you above the rest.
Occupation: Park Ranger
Description: Look after animal habitats and educate those on wildlife.
The job of a park ranger is twofold: protection and education. It’s your job to look after and maintain the park and the habitats within it as well as educate those who come to visit. You’ll usually need a qualification in countryside or conservation management as well as some work experience which can be obtained by volunteering with organisations like National Parks or conservation charities.
Description: Provides medical care to animals of all shapes and sizes.
Salary: £31,150 – £44,142
In a nutshell, veterinarians are animal doctors who save the lives of the world’s pets on a daily basis. If you think this could be for you, you’ll need A degree in veterinary science and to register as a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in order to practise.
Occupation: Pet Groomer
Description: Keep pets looking & smelling good.
If you love animals but don’t fancy studying the science behind what it takes to look after and help them then we guess the best option for you is to become a pet groomer. Which, if you ask us, sounds like the best job on this list!
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