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Animal Care: Career and Education Opportunities in Pennsylvania

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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Pennsylvania has a population of 12,604,767, which has grown by 2.64% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Keystone State," its capital is Harrisburg, though its most populous city is Philadelphia. In 2008, there were a total of 7,407,409 jobs in Pennsylvania. The average annual income was $39,762 in 2008, up from $38,738 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 8.1% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 22.4% of Pennsylvania residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Pennsylvania include railroad rolling stock manufacturing, women's' cut apparel manufacturing, and community care facilities for the elderly. Notable tourist destinations include the Marian Anderson Residence Museum, the American Interfaith Institute, and the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary.


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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.