Find a Job Working With Animals

See All of the Different Options With This Animal Career List

Image shows a man in a labcoat with a stethoscope around his next. He is surrounded by a goat, a toucan, a dog, and a squirrel. Text reads: "What are dream jobs with animals? Marine mammal trainer; wildlife rehabilitator; veterinarian; movie animal trainer; jockey or racehorse trainer; veterinary technician; zoo keeper"

Image by Melissa Ling © The Balance 2019

Are you just getting started on an animal career search, changing from one career to another, or simply wondering what options might be out there for someone interested in working with animals? While your first thought may be the always popular field of veterinary medicine, there are many other careers with animals that may be of interest to you. Here is an always evolving list of career possibilities for animal lovers divided into categories. A few careers are listed in multiple categories when appropriate.


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Veterinary and Vet Tech Careers

Animal Health Careers

Careers with Cattle

Careers with Dogs and Cats

Careers with Horses

Careers with Marine Animals

Careers with Reptiles

Sales Careers

Wildlife Careers

Wildlife careers can involve a wide variety of native or exotic species. Zoo careers, fish and game management careers, biology-related careers, and wildlife rehabilitation careers are just a few of the available options.

Other Animal Careers

Some animal careers don’t quite fit any of the categories mentioned above. These careers combine an interest in animals with work in law, training, photography, painting, or writing.

Animal Internships

Be sure to pursue animal-related internship opportunities. There are options available in a number of fields and internships can enhance your resume by providing proof of practical experience.