How to become a Assistant Animal Groomer

Assistant Animal Groomers work as junior groomers caring for and grooming companion animals, usually dogs and occasionally cats.

Personal requirements of a Assistant Animal Groomer

  • 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 Assistant Animal Groomer

Assistant Animal Groomers: • prepare purebred dogs and cats for shows • wash, dry, brush, combs, cut and style pets' coats • care for pets' nails, ears, eyes and skin • help with mobile dog wash businesses

Working conditions for a Assistant Animal Groomer

Working conditions vary depending on the place of work. Some groomers have to work on weekends and public holidays. Many have to work outdoors when dealing with larger pets. Considerable contact with the public is involved when caring for animals in shows and when selling pet food or accessories.

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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