Want a change of pace in your life? Why not head into the pet industry? Figures in the U.S. show that Americans spend close to $50billion last year on services for furkids. This number is set to grow by about 20 percent till 2018 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Here are some in-demand pet jobs, most of which don’t require formal job training which allows you to set your own schedule.
Professional pet sitters care for pets in the pets’ own homes, giving them water, food, and attention once or twice daily for about an hour at a time while their owners are away. Some sitters even provide overnight stays. Some have been known to make about $30,000 in a year if they are fully booked.
Dog walkers typically work — and walk — six to eight hours per day, with one or more dogs. Some also offer obedience training. Fees are negotiable but have been known to be an average of $15 to $25 depending if they are walked in a pack or alone.
Groomers get Fido and Fifi looking dapper (yes, there are cat groomers, too) through combing, bathing, nail-cutting and shearing. These require you to go for courses to learn the proper techniques of grooming. Certain breeds also need to be style according to a standard.
A pet masseuse helps animals manage chronic pain and aging, and recovery from injury or surgery. Hourly fees are comparable to what is charged human clients in the same geographic area. That amounts to $25 to $150 per hour. Formal training is also needed.
O’Connor provides massage therapy for two to five pets per week and charges $45 to $75, depending on how often the pet needs massage and the complexity of the massage.