Animals have the potential to steal our hearts. Seeking a rewarding career that combines a love for animals and well-paying employment can be challenging but is possible. While some of these careers pay better than others, there are some relatively good-paying jobs that provide an opportunity to explore your passion for working with animals. Animal care and service employment is projected to increase faster than other occupations until 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. While many high-paying animal-related careers are science-based, there are more modest-paying employment options, such as dog trainer, groomer and professional horse groom that involve more hands-on training.
Being a veterinarian is probably the most common animal-related career. There are only 28 veterinary schools in the United States and entry is competitive. After gaining a four-year college or university degree, you need an additional four-years of veterinary medicine. In order to practice medicine, you must pass a national veterinary medicine board exam. As of 2010, a leading website lists the average salary for private-practice vets as £51,350 and £63,050 for cooperate and public veterinary services. There are many specialities of veterinary practice, including large animal and small domestic animal vets.
Zoologists often have a college or university background in biology, chemistry or mathematics. Employers look for job candidates with a master’s degree in biology or similarly related postgraduate field. One type of zoologist works in laboratories researching a single species at a time. Other zoologists spend time in the field scientifically observing animals in their natural environments. Zoologists also work in zoos to preserve species and educate the public about wildlife conservation.
As of 2005, a leading website lists the average wage for a zoologist as £17 per hour. Employers vary from universities, zoos, conservation and environmental consulting.
Marine biology creates a diverse field of employment opportunities ranging from working in a marine wildlife sanctuary to collecting field specimens for research. Marine biology is the study of ocean organisms, mammals and plant life. Other water-based organisms are also studied. The majority of marine biologists major in biology in college. Work can be very hard to secure, and often teaching courses at a university pays better and is more reliable than fieldwork. Since there is such diversity in employment opportunities for marine biologists, the pay fluctuates greatly. As of 2007, a leading website lists the pay range from £29,250 to £71,500 per year.