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Career and Education Opportunities for Animal Trainers in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

If you want to be an animal trainer, the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 510 jobs for animal trainers in Oklahoma and this is projected to grow by 26% to about 640 jobs by 2016. This is better than the national trend for animal trainers, which sees this job pool growing by about 20.4% over the next eight years. In general, animal trainers train animals for riding, harness, or obedience, or assisting persons with disabilities.

A person working as an animal trainer can expect to earn about $9 per hour or $19,060 per year on average in Oklahoma and about $13 hourly or $27,270 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Animal trainers earn more than people working in the category of Animal Care generally in Oklahoma and more than people in the Animal Care category nationally.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Oklahoma City where you can study to be an animal trainer, among forty-four schools of higher education total in the Oklahoma City area. Given that the most common education level for animal trainers is a high school diploma or GED, it will take only a short time to learn to be an animal trainer if you already have a high school diploma.


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

In general, animal trainers train animals for riding, harness, or obedience, or assisting persons with disabilities. They also accustom animals to human voice and contact; and condition animals to respond to commands.

Animal trainers evaluate animals in order to establish their temperaments and aptitude for training. They also conduct training programs in order to develop desired animal behaviors for competition, entertainment, obedience, and riding. Equally important, animal trainers have to talk to and interact with animals so as to familiarize them to human voices and contact. They are often called upon to observe animals' physical conditions in order to uncover illness or unhealthy conditions requiring medical care. They are expected to feed and exercise animals, and furnish other general care such as cleaning and maintaining holding and performance areas. Finally, animal trainers advise animal owners regarding the purchase of specific animals.

Every day, animal trainers are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to articulate ideas and problems.

It is important for animal trainers to keep records documenting animal health and behavior. They are often called upon to administer prescribed medications to animals. They also cue or signal animals during performances. They are sometimes expected to place tack or harnesses on horses so as to accustom horses to the feel of equipment. Somewhat less frequently, animal trainers are also expected to manage mating of stallions and mares, and assist mares during foaling.

They also have to be able to train horses or other equines for riding or other work, using knowledge of breed characteristics and the peculiarities of each animal and use oral and/or hand commands so as to condition horses to carry riders or to pull horse-drawn equipment. And finally, they sometimes have to retrain horses to break bad habits, such as kicking and resisting bridling and grooming.

Like many other jobs, animal trainers must have exceptional integrity and be reliable.


Redlands Community College - El Reno, OK

Redlands Community College, 1300 S Country Club Rd, El Reno, OK 73036-5304. Redlands Community College is a small college located in El Reno, Oklahoma. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,168 students. Redlands Community College has an associate's degree program in Equestrian/Equine Studies which graduated three students in 2008.


Certified Pet Dog Trainer: A trainer who has received the Certified Pet Dog Trainer credential has met eligibility requirements and has successfully demonstrated his or her knowledge by passing the certification exam.

For more information, see the Certification Council For Pet Dog Trainers website.


Racehorse Owner/Assistant Trainer

Licensing agency: Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission
Address: 2401 N.W. 23rd St., Ste. 78, Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Phone: (405) 943-6472
Website: Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission

Racehorse Owner/Trainer

Licensing agency: Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission
Address: 2401 N.W. 23rd St., Ste. 78, Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Phone: (405) 943-6472
Website: Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission

LOCATION INFORMATION: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma photo by CPacker

Oklahoma City is located in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. It has a population of over 551,789, which has grown by 9.0% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Oklahoma City, 82, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Oklahoma City cost $142,600 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, 1,474 new homes were built in Oklahoma City, down from 2,559 the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Oklahoma City are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, public administration, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 21 minutes. More than 24.0% of Oklahoma City residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.1%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Oklahoma City is 6.5%, which is less than Oklahoma's average of 7.1%.

The percentage of Oklahoma City residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 65.7%, is more than both the national and state average. Grace Place Baptist Church, Grace Presbyterian Church and Grace United Methodist Church are some of the churches located in Oklahoma City. The most prominent religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Catholic Church.

Oklahoma City is home to the Colonial Square and the 50 Penn Place as well as Rotary Park and River Park. Shopping malls in the area include 240 Plaza Shopping Center, 74 South Shopping Center and Council Crossings Shopping Center. Visitors to Oklahoma City can choose from Rodeway Inn Oklahoma City, Harvey Janitorial Sales and Market Source for temporary stays in the area.