Pet groomers shampoo, clip and groom dogs, cats and other pets to improve and maintain their hygiene, comfort and appearance.
Cat Groomer, Dog Groomer, Groom
Interest in comparing information to monitor and document animal behaviour, and to prepare food and feed animals, fish and birds at scheduled intervals
Interest in assisting scientists and researchers in conducting laboratory tests with animals; and in using equipment for grooming animals
Interest in handling and nurturing animals when grooming and when assisting breeders; and in training dogs to obey commands and perform specific duties in response to signals
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Duties vary from one position to another but, in general, pet groomers:
Pet groomers sometimes use special shampoos to destroy insect pests. They also may order grooming supplies and advise customers regarding pet grooming.
This is physically demanding work that may involve:
The work also involves:
Pet groomers work indoors. Some evening or weekend work may be required to cater to the needs of pet owners who cannot bring their pets in for grooming on weekdays. Self-employed pet groomers often work long hours.
Pet groomers need the following characteristics:
They should enjoy having clear rules and guidelines for their work and caring for animals.
There are no minimum education requirements for pet groomers. However, pet groomers need:
Previous animal care experience is a definite asset.
Some salons provide private lessons or group training for pet groomers; some train newly hired groomers on the job. Prospective pet groomers are strongly advised to discuss their education options with several practicing pet groomers before enrolling in a training program.
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Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.
Pet groomers work in grooming salons, veterinary clinics and kennels. Some are self-employed and work from their own homes. Those employed in salons may be required to supply their own equipment.
One way to get started in this field is to obtain part time or full time work as a bather and dryer during busy times such as the spring and summer or holiday periods when many employers require additional staff.
Advancement opportunities are limited. With experience and small business management skills, pet groomers may become salon managers or start their own businesses.
Pet groomers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6563: Pet groomers and animal care workers. In Alberta, 85% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
Over 4,300 Albertans are employed in the Pet groomers and animal care workers occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 1.8% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 77 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As pet groomers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for pet groomers.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.
Pet groomers' earnings vary considerably. Experienced groomers may work on commission so their incomes depend on their reputation for good work, their business and customer service skills, and the number of pets they can groom in a day.
Pet groomers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6563: Pet groomers and animal care workers.
According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Pet groomers and animal care workers occupational group earned on average from $12.31 to $16.36 an hour. The overall average wage was $13.71 an hour. For more information, see the Pet groomers and animal care workers wage profile.
Updated Jan 28, 2013. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.