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Animal Care: Career and Education Opportunities in Massachusetts

Animal Care: Animal Care workers train and care for animals in a wide variety of settings. Their work ranges from training dogs and cats for shows to training pack animals to carry loads.

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Massachusetts has a population of 6,593,587, which has grown by 3.85% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Bay State," Massachusetts's capital and largest city is Boston. In 2008, there were a total of 4,251,139 jobs in Massachusetts. The average annual income was $50,897 in 2008, up from $49,644 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Massachusetts was 8.4% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. About 33.2% of Massachusetts residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Massachusetts include wholesale electronic markets and brokers, portfolio management, and navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Boston Sparks Association, the Gibson House Museum, and the Boston Fire Museum.


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Animal Daycare Provider

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. Animal Daycare Providers need to manage their own time and the time of others. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.
Animal Trainer

Animal Trainers train animals for riding, harness, or obedience, or assisting persons with disabilities. Animal Trainers need to train others in tasks and process. They also need to make use of strategies for learning about new situations and problems as they arise.