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Pet Groomer

Odds of Getting In

First, the good news. Expect a 20 percent increase in the number of dog groomers needed to meet market demand, at least through 2018. You might wonder what's behind this astonishing figure. First, the number of pets will continue to increase (especially dogs, which is quite fortunate for dog groomers). Mobile pet grooming services are also projected to take off. 

You also need to take into account the environment you're working in. Consider your region's economic state. Do you live in a relatively prosperous urban or suburban economy, where residents have the discretionary income to get their dogs groomed regularly? Or has your community been hard hit by economic storms, which means residents are probably more concerned about paying their mortgages than grooming their pets?

The rest, as they say, is up to you. If you've been to grooming school, that puts an extra feather in your cap and might improve your odds of getting hired. In reality though, it's often as simple as finding a grooming business that's hiring.