Animal Trainers:

Train animals for riding, harness, security, performance, or obedience, or assisting persons with disabilities. Accustom animals to human voice and contact; and condition animals to respond to commands. Train animals according to prescribed standards for show or competition. May train animals to carry pack loads or work as part of pack team.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $26,540.00
Average Time to Fill 44 days
Typical Education High school equivalency
Typical Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 654
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 11.61 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Critical Thinking
Information Gathering
Work Ethic
Resource Allocation
Customer Service
Oral Communication
Written Communication

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Performing General Physical Activities

Groom animals for beautification or health
Handle wild, domestic, or farm animals
Provide food and water to wild, domestic, or farm animals
Care for plants or animals
Perform animal dental cleanings
Provide animal health care
Develop relationship with animals to facilitate training and care
Treat animal injuries or illnesses
Train wild, domestic, or farm animals
Slaughter animals, fish, or poultry
Capture animals or insects for control, identification, relocation, sale, or research
Clean patient or treatment rooms
Apply appropriate physical restraint
Clean laboratory, healthcare, or medical equipment
Enforce laws, ordinances, or regulations
Issue warnings or citations
Clean rooms, floors, or facilities in agricultural, farming, or forestry settings
Repair pens, yards, or cages
Cultivate agricultural and aquacultural crops for harvesting
Clean medical equipment or facilities
Use weapons or physical force to maintain security
Identify public safety hazards
Control situations through non-lethal use of force
Build pens, yards, cages, and other enclosures
Repair wooden frameworks or structures
Harvest agricultural or aquacultural crops
Serve summonses or subpoenas

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Control animal and plant diseases through sanitation, cleanliness, and management procedures
Perform animal euthanasia
Breed animals to propagate stock or to develop new type
Inseminate animals using Artificial Insemination (AI)
Identify animal disease or parasites
Implement sanitation practices in health care settings
Solve animal breeding problems
Identify insect disease or parasites
Follow safety procedures and regulations in scientific or laboratory environments
Discharge workers using employee dismissal guidelines
Implement company or staff policies
Determine desired breeding methods and timetable
Diagnose medical conditions
Solve production problems

Handling and Moving Objects

Maintain proper level, amount, and quality of animal feed
Sterilize laboratory, medical, or veterinary equipment or instruments
Prepare medical treatment room
Collect biological specimens
Prepare materials or solutions for animal or plant use
Prepare sample for laboratory testing, analysis, or microscopy
Grind meats such as beef, pork, poultry, or fish
Prepare medical instruments or equipment for use
Process animal carcasses
Clean fish, animal, or meat carcasses
Cut meat products
Collect specimens from patients
Preserve meat, poultry, or fish
Tan animal pelts
Prepare surgical supplies or equipment
Prepare vaccines, biologicals, or serums
Prepare meat products for sale or consumption
Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use
Prepare medications or medical solutions
Prepare sterile solutions, infusions, or intravenous packs
Collect blood or tissue samples

Assisting and Caring for Others

Administer basic health care or medical treatments
Attend to patient's personal care
Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Give medications or immunizations
Administer first aid
Administer non-intravenous medications
Administer medical injections
Provide in home patient care
Practice preventive procedures with medical therapy patients or clients
Apply bandages, dressings, or splints
Hold patients to ensure proper positioning or safety
Treat medical condition of patient
Treat dental problems or diseases
Administer anesthetics or sedatives
Wrap extremities such as ankles, fingers, or wrists to support muscles or ligaments
Administer blood or other fluids intravenously
Assist practitioners to perform medical procedures
Treat patients using alternative medical procedures
Assist patients with hygiene or daily living activities
Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Monitor animal care
Monitor animal behavior, health, or condition
Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities
Monitor patient condition and health
Culture fish in open and closed aquaculture systems
Observe actions of participants
Monitor wildlife populations
Monitor agricultural, farming, and forestry equipment operation to detect problems
Monitor training costs
Monitor performance of others
Detect installation, maintenance, or repair concerns by listening for abnormalities

Analyzing Data or Information

Examine animals to detect illness, disease, or injury
Interpret animal habits, behaviors, or needs
Conduct physical examinations
Examine insects to detect illness, disease, or injury
Examine plants to detect illness, disease, or injury
Determine nutritional needs or diet restrictions
Take vital signs
Interpret medical laboratory test results
Analyze medical or health data
Examine patients
Assess physical conditions of patients to aid in diagnosis or treatment
Conduct patient assessments
Analyze scientific or investigative findings

Getting Information

Study animal development
Research human or animal disease or parasites
Study development of microscopic organisms
Conduct genetic research
Conduct biological research
Conduct vivisection for scientific research
Examine characteristics or behavior of living organisms
Research livestock management methods
Study plant development
Analyze adaptability of species to new environmental conditions
Research medical or health improvement issues
Conduct medical laboratory tests
Develop biological research methods
Conduct laboratory research or experiments
Conduct field research

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Animal Care
Training Materials
Prospective Clients
Pest Control Industry Knowledge

Related Licensing Requirements

Falconry License (18-0000000159)

312 IAC 9-10-13 Falconry licenses Authority: IC 14-11-2-1; IC 14-22-2-6; IC 14-22-23 Affected: IC 14-22 Sec. 13. (a) A person must not take, possess, transport, barter, sell, or purchase a raptor for falconry purposes or to practice falconry except as provided under this section. (b) A license under this section expires the last day of February of the third year following the year in which the license is issued. (c) An application to practice falconry must be completed upon a departmental form. Before a license may be issued, the applicant must do each of the following: (1) Correctly answer at least eighty percent (80%) of the questions on a supervised examination covering basic biology, care, and handling of raptors and laws relating to the practice of falconry. 2 (2) Establish that the applicant has also completed an application for a federal falconry permit. (3) Meet any other requirements contained in this article. (d) A license to practice falconry is subject to the following conditions: (1) No species of raptor may be taken in Indiana which is classified as threatened or endangered under: (A) 50 CFR 17.11 (October 1, 1995); or (B) 312 IAC 9-4-14. (2) A golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) may not be used unless prior written authorization is obtained from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (3) By July 31 of each year, the license holder must complete on a departmental form and submit to the division a report which includes the following information: (A) A list of raptors possessed by the falconer on June 30 of the year in which the report is filed by species, marker number, sex (if known), age (if known), and the date and where or from whom acquired.

- Indiana Department of Natural Resources~Division of Fish and Wildlife (3172336527)

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