How to become a Animal Control Officer

Animal Control Officers enforce local and regional laws concerning the care and treatment of animals. They patrol public areas looking for potential signs of distressed animals and work directly with citizens concerning animal control issues. Some officers also educate the public about animal control safety.

Personal requirements of a Animal Control Officer

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • mature and responsible
  • 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

Duties & Tasks of a Animal Control Officer

Animal Control Officers: • respond to and investigate complaints • operate the local pound • capture animals • prepare and present cases in court • run animal awareness programs

Working conditions for a Animal Control Officer

Animal control officers are usually hired by municipal councils, although some work for states or other branches of the federal government. Animal control workers may work night and weekend hours, due to the 24-hour needs of animal shelters and animal patrol schedules. Animal control officers can patrol public areas, respond to service calls or work in shelters. Their jobs can also lead them into the courtroom when animal laws have been violated and cases are being tried.

Avg. weekly wage:

$957

Future growth:

Strong

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 2.9%

NSW NSW 31.4%

NT NT 0.9%

QLD QLD 18.1%

SA SA 8.3%

TAS TAS 0.5%

VIC VIC 24.4%

WA WA 13.5%

Hours worked:

44.7

Unemployment:

Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 28.9%

Female 71.1%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 4.3%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 47%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 14.8%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 22.6%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 11.3%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 11.7%

20-24 - 13.7%

25-34 - 15.2%

35-44 - 17.9%

45-54 - 19.6%

55-59 - 10.8%

60-64 - 5.8%

65 and Over - 5.3%

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

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