WHAT DO PET GROOMERS DO?
It's a ruff job, but someone's got to do it. If you love animals, have great people skills and when see a mangy mutt you think "I could turn that mongrel into a masterpiece," you might be ready for a career as a pet groomer. Pet groomers work with dogs and other animals in pet stores and pet grooming boutiques to make pets pretty. They shampoo trim and shape fur, clip nails, generally make the pet look good. Pet groomers are great with animals and people, listening to the owners' requests for how they want their pet to look, and keeping the animals calm in what can be a stressful situation.
Pet groomers must also keep their work area clean, which, when working with dog hair, means lots and lots of sweeping. They also take payment and may have to work cash registers.
HOW MUCH DO PET GROOMERS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2010, the median hourly income for animal care workers like pet groomers was $9.51, or $19,780 a year.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
A high school diploma or equivalent is all you need to get started. Most groomers are trained on site. There are state-licensed grooming schools available to get a leg up on the competition.
Certification is available through the National Dog Groomers Association of America, but not required.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Compassion: Dogs and cats often get stressed out in unfamiliar situations, and groomers need to understand this and treat them accordingly.
- Customer-Service: Groomers work with customers directly, and must be friendly and listen to their requests and needs.
- Attention to Detail: Groomers must pay attention to what they are doing, so that the animals stay safe and the grooming comes out looking great.
- Stamina: Groomers are on their feet for long periods of time, sometimes hunched over animals during the grooming process.
THE FUTURE OF PET GROOMERS
This job is on the rise, according to the BLS. As the pet population continues to grow, and people are willing to pay more for their care, this job will grow by 23%, faster than the average job between 2010 and 2020.