Pet groomers and animal care workers

Pet groomers and animal care workers

NOC
6563

Shampoo, clip and groom pets; feed, clean and care for animals in settings, such as stables, animal shelters, zoos, and pet shops.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

23
 

Median Hourly Wage

$13.00
$11.70
Low
$19.23
High

Median Salary

$10,693
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

360
 

% Working Full Time

61%
 

% Working Full Year

58%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Animal care workers feed, handle, train and groom animals and assist veterinarians, animal health technologists and technicians and animal breeders. Pet groomers clip coats, bathe and otherwise groom pets. Workers in this group are employed by animal hospitals and clinics, animal shelters, breeding and boarding kennels, zoos, laboratories, retail pet shops, dog training schools, pet grooming establishments, or may be self-employed.

Main Duties

Workers in this group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Prepare food and feed animals, fish or birds at scheduled intervals
  • Clean and disinfect cages, pens and surrounding areas
  • Shampoo, clip and groom animals
  • Assist veterinarians and animal health technologists and technicians to inoculate and treat animals
  • Assist animal breeders to handle and nurture animals
  • Assist scientists and researchers in conducting laboratory tests with animals
  • Monitor and document animal behaviour
  • Train dogs to obey commands and perform specific duties in response to signals.

Also Known As

  • animal care worker (except farm)
  • dog groomer
  • dog trainer
  • kennel attendant
  • laboratory animal attendant
  • pet groomer
  • pound attendant
  • veterinary attendant
  • zoo attendant
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Depending on the type of work performed, training courses in animal handling, grooming or dog training are usually required. Animal health or veterinary assistant college courses may be required for animal care workers.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

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80.0%
Female
20.0%
Male
Employment by age

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17.6%
15-24
27.0%
25-34
16.2%
35-44
24.3%
45-54
9.5%
55-64
5.4%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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8.1%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
33.8%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
21.6%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
29.7%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
6.8%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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82.2%
Other services (except public administration)
6.8%
Retail trade
5.5%
Professional, scientific and technical services
5.5%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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26.40%
Northeast
31.90%
Southeast
13.90%
Southwest
23.60%
Central
4.20%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$11,925
Northeast
$14,840
Southeast
$15,981
Southwest
$10,743
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$10,693

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$20,021

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$10,693

Newfoundland

$12,824

Prince Edward Island

$9,802

Nova Scotia

$11,604

Canada

$13,011
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

23
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

1
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

24
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

86
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

10
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

80