Animal Control Workers

Handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.

Median Annual Wage: $32,560

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Animal Control Officer; Animal Park Code Enforcement Officer; Community Service Officer; Animal Attendant; Dog Control Officer

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Animal Control Workers.

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  • Capture and remove stray, uncontrolled, or abused animals from undesirable conditions, using nets, nooses, or tranquilizer darts as necessary.
  • Examine animals for injuries or malnutrition, and arrange for any necessary medical treatment.
  • Remove captured animals from animal-control service vehicles and place animals in shelter cages or other enclosures.
  • Euthanize rabid, unclaimed, or severely injured animals.
  • Supply animals with food, water, and personal care.
  • Prepare for prosecutions related to animal treatment, and give evidence in court.
  • Clean facilities and equipment such as dog pens and animal control trucks.
  • Educate the public about animal welfare, and animal control laws and regulations.
  • Contact animal owners to inform them that their pets are at animal holding facilities.
  • Write reports of activities, and maintain files of impoundments and dispositions of animals.
  • Issue warnings or citations in connection with animal-related offenses, or contact police to report violations and request arrests.
  • Answer inquiries from the public concerning animal control operations.
  • Examine animal licenses, and inspect establishments housing animals for compliance with laws.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Animal Control Workers.

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Animal Control Workers.

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