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PET GROOMER: You Have To Be Committed To The Health, Hygiene & Care Of Animals

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David, a professional dog and cat groomer, describes the path he took to get where he is today. There are definitely training academics, but once you find an apprentice with an established shop, you can work your way up.

Job Title: Pet Groomer

Job Summary: Animal Care and Service Workers

Job Description

Animal care and service workers care for the needs of animals. They feed, water, groom, bathe, and exercise pets and other nonfarm animals. Job tasks vary by position and place of work.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Although not required, certifications available in many of these occupations may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills. For many caretaker positions, it helps to have experience working with animals.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina, People skills, Empathy, Likes working with hands

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m='16280'>dirty,</span> <span m='16800'>maybe</span> <span m='17040'>not</span> <span m='17490'>looking so</span> <span m='17680'>cute,</span> <span m='17970'>not</span> <span m='18180'>so</span> <span m='18280'>pretty.</span> </p><p><span m='18700'>We</span> <span m='19060'>clean</span> <span m='19340'>them up.</span> <span m='19610'>We</span> <span m='19910'>get</span> <span m='20030'>their hair</span> <span m='20340'>cut.</span> <span m='20470'>We</span> <span m='20610'>get</span> <span m='20790'>them</span> <span m='21480'>all</span> <span m='21800'>nice</span> <span m='22020'>and</span> <span m='22100'>pretty.</span> <span m='22450'>Send</span> <span m='22820'>them back</span> <span m='23010'>home</span> <span m='23130'>happy.</span> </p><p><span m='24490'>There</span> <span m='24900'>are</span> <span m='25180'>a</span> <span m='25260'>lot</span> <span m='25720'>of--</span> <span m='26270'>Not</span> <span m='26650'>a lot.</span> <span m='27030'>There</span> <span m='27600'>are</span> <span m='27820'>a</span> <span m='28280'>number</span> <span m='28650'>of</span> <span m='28890'>training</span> <span m='29170'>programs.</span> <span m='29940'>There's</span> <span m='30120'>even</span> <span m='30670'>a</span> <span m='30840'>full</span> <span m='31110'>fledged</span> <span m='31470'>grooming</span> <span m='31830'>academy</span> <span m='32870'>here</span> <span m='33030'>and</span> <span m='33110'>there</span> <span m='33560'>across</span> <span m='34050'>the country.</span> <span m='35550'>That's</span> <span m='36710'>one</span> <span m='36910'>aspect,</span> <span m='37970'>say</span> <span m='38250'>go</span> <span m='38420'>into</span> <span m='38560'>a</span> <span m='39040'>vocational</span> <span m='39530'>program.</span> </p><p><span m='41040'>More</span> <span m='41650'>often</span> <span m='41910'>than</span> <span m='42060'>not,</span> <span m='42420'>it's</span> <span m='42610'>more</span> <span m='42870'>of</span> <span m='42940'>an</span> <span m='43050'>apprenticeship</span> <span m='45020'>type of</span> <span m='45220'>situation</span> <span m='46130'>with</span> <span m='46490'>grooming</span> <span m='47100'>in</span> <span m='47410'>that</span> <span m='47800'>you</span> <span m='48150'>probably have a</span> <span m='48640'>grooming</span> <span m='48960'>shop</span> <span m='49470'>with</span> <span m='49875'>a</span> <span m='50280'>groomer.</span> <span m='50640'>Somebody</span> <span m='50690'>comes</span> <span m='50840'>in,</span> <span m='51230'>hey,</span> <span m='51460'>I</span> <span m='51750'>want to</span> <span m='52070'>learn</span> <span m='52450'>to</span> <span m='52650'>groom.</span> <span m='52840'>They</span> <span m='53220'>start</span> <span m='53580'>off</span> <span m='54790'>at</span> <span m='54930'>the</span> <span m='55010'>bottom</span> <span m='55360'>rung</span> <span m='55780'>and</span> <span m='56510'>work</span> <span m='56740'>their</span> <span m='56840'>way</span> <span m='57100'>up</span> <span m='58650'>learning</span> <span m='58920'>as</span> <span m='59030'>they</span> <span m='59100'>go</span> <span m='59280'>along.</span> <span m='59800'>And</span> <span m='59890'>that's</span> <span m='60360'>pretty</span> <span m='60490'>much</span> <span m='60680'>I</span> <span m='60890'>got</span> <span m='61090'>into</span> <span m='61420'>it,</span> <span m='62340'>even</span> <span m='62580'>though</span> <span m='62800'>my</span> <span m='63710'>father</span> <span m='64129'>was</span> <span m='64750'>a</span> <span m='64810'>dog</span> <span m='65069'>groomer.</span> </p><p><span m='66160'>Many,</span> <span m='66430'>many</span> <span m='66660'>moons</span> <span m='67010'>ago,</span> <span m='68680'>I</span> <span m='69350'>actually</span> <span m='69640'>started</span> <span m='70360'>here</span> <span m='73100'>learning</span> <span m='73300'>from</span> <span m='73560'>my boss,</span> <span m='73940'>learning</span> <span m='74030'>from</span> <span m='74350'>Nancy</span> <span m='74730'>the owner,</span> <span m='74980'>who</span> <span m='75080'>was</span> <span m='75580'>a</span> <span m='75640'>friend</span> <span m='75830'>of</span> <span m='75870'>my</span> <span m='75980'>father's,</span> <span m='76810'>coincidentally.</span> <span m='78450'>So</span> <span m='78760'>that's</span> <span m='78940'>how</span> <span m='79400'>I</span> <span m='79460'>picked up</span> <span m='79630'>the</span> <span m='79700'>trade.</span> <span m='81880'>Took a</span> <span m='81970'>number of</span> <span m='82280'>years</span> <span m='82940'>to</span> <span m='83720'>get</span> <span m='83900'>everything</span> <span m='84240'>that I knew</span> <span m='84450'>how</span> <span m='84700'>to</span> <span m='84760'>do.</span> <span m='85550'>And</span> <span m='85720'>it's</span> <span m='85850'>always</span> <span m='86410'>an</span> <span m='86700'>ongoing</span> <span m='88080'>process</span> <span m='88650'>as</span> <span m='88760'>far</span> <span m='88990'>as</span> <span m='90110'>learning</span> <span m='90360'>new</span> <span m='90490'>things,</span> <span m='91330'>learning</span> <span m='91440'>different</span> <span m='91760'>breeds,</span> <span m='92690'>learning</span> <span m='92910'>how</span> <span m='93010'>to</span> <span m='93070'>handle</span> <span m='93450'>things</span> <span m='93840'>a little bit</span> <span m='94100'>better,</span> <span m='94570'>learn</span> <span m='94970'>different parts</span> <span m='95380'>about the</span> <span m='95620'>business.</span> </p><p><span m='97780'>What</span> <span m='98220'>I</span> <span m='100340'>may</span> <span m='101330'>wish</span> <span m='101740'>that I had</span> <span m='102080'>known</span> <span m='103370'>years</span> <span m='103770'>and</span> <span m='103860'>years</span> <span m='104070'>ago,</span> <span m='106210'>let me</span> <span m='106530'>see</span> <span m='106720'>here.</span> <span m='107100'>Maybe</span> <span m='107350'>to</span> <span m='108270'>adjust</span> <span m='108530'>expectations.</span> <span m='111240'>A</span> <span m='111320'>lot of</span> <span m='111560'>folks,</span> <span m='111820'>maybe</span> <span m='111980'>there's</span> <span m='112190'>a</span> <span m='112510'>mystique</span> <span m='113070'>or</span> <span m='113360'>allure</span> <span m='114270'>surrounding</span> <span m='114730'>the</span> <span m='114950'>pet grooming</span> <span m='115670'>profession,</span> <span m='116200'>that</span> <span m='116380'>it's</span> <span m='117595'>big,</span> <span m='117850'>big,</span> <span m='118325'>big</span> <span m='118800'>money.</span> <span m='120590'>Not</span> <span m='120930'>necessarily.</span> </p><p><span m='121740'>It's</span> <span m='122400'>very</span> <span m='122600'>rewarding</span> <span m='123160'>work.</span> <span m='124070'>Part</span> <span m='124280'>of</span> <span m='124320'>the</span> <span m='124410'>reward</span> <span m='125170'>definitely</span> <span m='125550'>is</span> <span m='126120'>the</span> <span m='126180'>compensation</span> <span m='126760'>pay</span> <span m='127170'>that</span> <span m='127310'>you</span> <span m='127400'>get.</span> <span m='128889'>A lot of</span> <span m='129150'>the</span> <span m='129350'>reward</span> <span m='130250'>is</span> <span m='130500'>the</span> <span m='130720'>satisfaction</span> <span m='131680'>that</span> <span m='131860'>you're</span> <span m='131970'>bringing</span> <span m='132560'>not only</span> <span m='132810'>to</span> <span m='132910'>the</span> <span m='132980'>pets,</span> <span m='133510'>but</span> <span m='134020'>to</span> <span m='134130'>the</span> <span m='134280'>owners,</span> <span m='134870'>and</span> <span m='135090'>to</span> <span m='136220'>the</span> <span m='136380'>pet</span> <span m='136785'>community,</span> <span m='137190'>in</span> <span m='137560'>general.</span> <span m='138170'>We</span> <span m='138530'>definitely</span> <span m='138810'>provide</span> <span m='139410'>a</span> <span m='139480'>very</span> <span m='139860'>needed</span> <span m='140760'>and</span> <span m='141190'>appreciated,</span> <span m='141950'>for</span> <span m='142100'>the</span> <span m='142170'>most</span> <span m='142420'>part,</span> <span m='142660'>service.</span> <span m='143910'>So</span> <span m='144710'>there's</span> <span m='145300'>a</span> <span m='145330'>lot</span> <span m='145490'>of</span> <span m='145540'>rewards.</span> </p><p><span m='146950'>But</span> <span m='147190'>you</span> <span m='148250'>have</span> <span m='148400'>to</span> <span m='148960'>find the</span> <span m='149180'>rewards</span> <span m='151460'>where</span> <span m='151650'>it's</span> <span m='151740'>appropriate</span> <span m='152210'>for</span> <span m='152380'>you.</span> <span m='153090'>Not</span> <span m='153420'>necessarily</span> <span m='154120'>getting</span> <span m='154470'>in</span> <span m='154820'>solely</span> <span m='155400'>for</span> <span m='155510'>the</span> <span m='155610'>money.</span> <span m='156740'>Again,</span> <span m='157870'>it's</span> <span m='158460'>decent</span> <span m='158760'>money,</span> <span m='159600'>commensurate</span> <span m='160290'>or</span> <span m='160760'>comparable</span> <span m='162330'>of</span> <span m='162620'>other</span> <span m='163000'>similar</span> <span m='163280'>professions.</span> <span m='164450'>But</span> <span m='164650'>there's</span> <span m='166420'>more</span> <span m='166690'>to</span> <span m='166850'>it</span> <span m='167200'>than</span> <span m='167740'>just</span> <span m='167960'>money.</span> </p><p><span m='169030'>You</span> <span m='169240'>definitely</span> <span m='169720'>have</span> <span m='169830'>to</span> <span m='169900'>be</span> <span m='170060'>committed</span> <span m='170680'>to</span> <span m='171720'>the</span> <span m='171820'>health,</span> <span m='172130'>hygiene,</span> <span m='173830'>and</span> <span m='174070'>care</span> <span m='174690'>of</span> <span m='174890'>animals</span> <span m='176340'>above</span> <span m='176680'>all.</span> <span m='177450'>And</span> <span m='178720'>taking</span> <span m='178980'>that</span> <span m='179390'>attitude,</span> <span m='179580'>taking</span> <span m='179790'>that</span> <span m='179920'>approach,</span> <span m='182510'>you</span> <span m='182670'>should find</span> <span m='183040'>rewards</span> <span m='183860'>that</span> <span m='184010'>you're</span> <span m='184100'>looking</span> <span m='184360'>for,</span> <span m='184780'>as long</span> <span m='185220'>as you're</span> <span m='185560'>not</span> <span m='186530'>in it</span> <span m='186785'>for the</span> <span m='187040'>six</span> <span m='187310'>figures,</span> <span m='187670'>a</span> <span m='187980'>million</span> <span m='188540'>dollars.</span> <span m='189480'>Probably</span> <span m='189760'>not</span> <span m='189850'>the</span> <span m='189910'>way</span> <span m='190040'>to</span> <span m='190100'>go,</span> <span m='190960'>but</span> <span m='191370'>rewarding</span> <span m='191780'>all</span> <span m='191900'>the</span> <span m='191960'>same.</span> </p>","file":{"id":294017,"video_id":"2698772092001","name":"960-David-DogCatGrooming1","duration":193283,"thumbnail_url":null}});