How to become a Animal Attendant

Animal attendants provide food, water and care for animals.

Personal requirements of a Animal Attendant

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Good communication skills and enjoy working with people
  • Mature and responsible
  • Able to work well in a team
  • Free from allergies aggravated by animal hair, fur, feathers and dust
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job, undertaking manual and sometimes heavy work
  • Able to handle animals with confidence and patience
  • Interested in animals and their welfare
  • Observant and methodical

Education & Training for a Animal Attendant

You can work as an animal attendant without formal qualifications.You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications.You may like to consider a VET qualification in animal studies, animal technology, captive animals, companion animal services or a related area. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an animal attendant through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

slight growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.3%

NSW 27.9%

NT 1.3%

QLD 22.2%

SA 4.6%

TAS 1.9%

VIC 20.9%

WA 19.8%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 33.8%

Female 66.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 1.9%

Not completed Year 12: 21.2%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 36.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 24.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 16%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 41.8%

Above 35 years: 58.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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