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Animal Care: Career and Education Opportunities in Rhode Island

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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Rhode Island has a population of 1,053,209, which has grown by 0.47% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Ocean State," Rhode Island's capital and biggest city is Providence. In 2008, there were a total of 612,258 jobs in Rhode Island. The average annual income was $41,261 in 2008, up from $40,147 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island was 11.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Roughly 25.6% of Rhode Island residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Rhode Island include miscellaneous manufacturing, other miscellaneous manufacturing, and electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Rhode Island Historical Society, the USS Saratoga Museum Foundation Inc, and the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum.


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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.