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Career and Education Opportunities for Animal Daycare Providers in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for animal daycare providers. There are currently 3,620 working animal daycare providers in Massachusetts; this should grow by 12% to about 4,040 working animal daycare providers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for animal daycare providers, which sees this job pool growing by about 20.7% over the next eight years. In general, animal daycare providers feed, water, or otherwise care for pets and other nonfarm animals, such as dogs, cats, ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice.

The income of an animal daycare provider is about $10 per hour or $22,710 annually on average in Massachusetts. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $9 per hour or $19,360 yearly on average. Incomes for animal daycare providers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Animal Care in Massachusetts, and not quite as good as the overall Animal Care category nationally.

The Boston area is home to 151 schools of higher education, including two within twenty-five miles of Boston where you can get a degree as an animal daycare provider. Given that the most common education level for animal daycare providers is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be an animal daycare provider if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Animal Daycare Provider

Animal Daycare Provider video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, animal daycare providers feed, water, or otherwise care for pets and other nonfarm animals, such as dogs, cats, ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice. They also work in settings such as kennels, animal shelters, and aquariums.

Animal daycare providers clean, organize, and disinfect animal quarters such as pens and yards, and animal equipment such as saddles and bridles. They also respond to questions from customers, and furnish data related to animals, such as behavior or facility efforts. Finally, animal daycare providers examine and observe animals to uncover signs of illness or injury.

Every day, animal daycare providers are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they understand what others are saying to them even in a noisy environment.

It is important for animal daycare providers to answer telephones and schedule appointments. They are often called upon to feed and water animals in line with schedules and feeding instructions. They also perform animal grooming duties such as washing and trimming coats, cutting nails, and cleaning ears. They are sometimes expected to furnish treatment to sick or injured animals, or contact veterinarians to secure treatment. Somewhat less frequently, animal daycare providers are also expected to examine and observe animals to uncover signs of illness or injury.

Animal daycare providers sometimes are asked to order and store feed and supplies. They also have to be able to sell pet food and supplies and observe and caution children petting and feeding animals in designated areas to insure the safety of humans and animals. And finally, they sometimes have to feed and water animals in line with schedules and feeding instructions.

Like many other jobs, animal daycare providers must be reliable and believe in cooperation and coordination.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Boston include:

  • Animal Trainer. Train animals for riding, harness, or obedience, or assisting persons with disabilities. Accustom animals to human voice and contact; and condition animals to respond to commands. Train animals according to prescribed standards for show or competition. May train animals to carry pack loads or work as part of pack team.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Animal Daycare Provider Training

North Shore Community College - Danvers, MA

North Shore Community College, 1 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, MA 01923-0840. North Shore Community College is a medium sized college located in Danvers, Massachusetts. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 7,223 students. North Shore Community College has an associate's degree program in Dog/Pet/Animal Grooming which graduated one student in 2008.

Nashua Community College - Nashua, NH

Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst St, Nashua, NH 03063-1026. Nashua Community College is a small college located in Nashua, New Hampshire. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,925 students. Nashua Community College has a less than one year program in Dog/Pet/Animal Grooming which graduated six students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Seasonal Equestrian Staff Certification: The Seasonal Equestrian Staff Certification (SESC) was developed to meet the needs of seasonal riding program operators, such as summer camps, youth organizations, guest ranches and trail program operators.

For more information, see the Certified Horsemanship Association website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts photo by Ahonc

Boston is situated in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. It has a population of over 609,023, which has grown by 3.4% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Boston, 136, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Boston are valued at $216,200 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, twenty-three new homes were constructed in Boston, down from forty-eight the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Boston are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, educational services, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 29 minutes. More than 35.6% of Boston residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 15.3%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Boston is 8.2%, which is less than Massachusetts's average of 8.4%.

The percentage of Boston residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 60.0%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Brighton Congregational Church, Leslie Lindsay Chapel and Universalist Meeting House are some of the churches located in Boston. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Muslim Estimate and the Episcopal Church.

Boston is home to the Metropolitan Water Works Pumping Stations and the Mystic Pier 1 as well as Schoolboy Stadium and Liberty Square. Shopping centers in the area include Legion Shopping Center, Longwood Galleria Shopping Center and Neponset Circle Shopping Center. Visitors to Boston can choose from Federalist Restaurant, Eco-Logical Solutions and Omni Parker Hotel for temporary stays in the area.