Some may think that the only careers with animals that are available are normal jobs like veterinarians, marine biologists, zookeepers, etc. But the reality is, there are so many careers working with animals that many people do not know about! While some of these jobs involving animals are crazy and adventurous and not for risk takers, they will spark interest for those who are animal lovers and enthusiasts. And while there are many more unique and unknown animal careers, we have listed five of these jobs to entertain more than just the dog lovers and old cat ladies.
1. Animal Acupuncturist
Who knew. While acupuncture is a great therapy for humans and a useful resource for bringing healing and eliminating stress, who would’ve thought that it could be useful for animals as well! Just like humans, the Animal Acupuncturist will massage the sore muscles or rub them to simply calm and relax the pet. Then they will use needles and apply them to different areas of the animal’s body to help with muscle stiffness and soreness, allergies, digestion issues, and even seizures. But just like with any acupuncturist, you would not trust them without a degree. An animal acupuncturist requires a doctorate and many years of schooling. Anyone in this field can make anywhere from $50,000-$145,000 a year. You might make a good chunk of money in this career involving animals, but it is also highly effective and at the end of your day and years of studying, you can feel good about helping a pup in pain.
2. Animal Cruelty Investigator
It’s the animal police to the rescue! An Animal Cruelty Investigator does exactly what their name implies. A person entering into this field will deal with complaints, reports, calls, claims, or whatever else comes their way from citizens and anonymous tips. An Animal Cruelty Investigator will ask witnesses questions, remove pets that are being abused in their homes, help arrest people who are abusing their animals, and will help rescue rabid, stray, or abused animals. You do not need to go to college to become an investigator, but you must take training and earn a certificate to verify you have been taught on how to deal with these types of situations. An Animal Cruelty Investigator will make anywhere from $15,000-$50,000 a year. Although not a top notch paying job, you will have the satisfaction of rescuing helpless animals and removing pet abusers from their homes.
3. Insect Wrangler
This is by far one of the more unknown animal careers that is offered today. An Insect Wrangler will order and purchase an amount/type of insect(s) needed for a movie or television project, take them home and prepare them/train them, and then take care of them the day of a movie or television shoot. Unlike training a dog, insects are near impossible to train. Wranglers will simply study and observe their habits, daily activities, and what motivates them to help them learn how to deal with them on the day of the shoot. Most Wranglers have a certificate or some higher form of training to help them understand insects more. An Insect Wrangler can make up to $32,000 a year, and although it is not a normal job, it is by far one of the weirdest and coolest!
4. Reptile Farmer
Do not read on if you hate reptiles. Just a forewarning. Reptile farmers specialize in raising a specific type of reptile, but can also raise many different types just the same. A reptile farmer could focus on raising anaconda snakes, but another farmer could raise all different types of crocodiles. A reptile farmer is just like any other farmer in that they must start their own farm or work off of someone else’s. A farmer might want to offer tours to younger kids, so they specialize in raising all types of reptiles, while others might want to harvest snake skin and venom, therefore they will focus on a specific kind of snake. It varies greatly what a reptile farmer will make, but it can range anywhere from $15,000 to $55,000. If you love anything slimy and scaly, this is the perfect choice for you!
5. Elephant Trainer
Everyone needs a companion, and that include elephants! Elephant trainers devote their time to feeding elephants, training them in specific tricks or tasks, cleaning them up for events or after them, helping them with day to day tasks, and simply being a friend to them. To be an elephant trainer, you do not technically need a college degree, although if you have a college degree for a career in animal science or something animal related, it will certainly help you in the job field. The other cool thing is, you don’t need to be in a circus or travel to the Thailand terrain to work with elephants! You can work with elephants in most zoos if they have them. Elephant trainers can get a salary ranging from $17,000-$50,000 a year. Although it does not make the most money, it is most certainly rewarding!