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Animal Trainer

Odds of Hanging On

The demand for animal trainers continues to grow faster than most other jobs in the U.S., so you're probably pretty safe in your job (if you're dedicated and good at it).

One thing to keep in mind is the types of animals you want to work with. The demand for dog trainers has jumped the last 20 years and now there's a real glut of them. But consider some of the other types of pets—beyond cats, dogs, fish, and various rodents—that people are starting to adopt: 

  • Potbellied pigs
  • Hedgehogs
  • Sugar gliders
  • Skunks
  • Miniature donkeys
  • Pygmy goats

It may behoove you to get to know these sorts of animals if you can foresee make a killing training sugar gliders to land on your pygmy goats' backs for the amusement of the potbellied pigs….

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