This occupation has a very high probability of automation.

82.0% probability

of automation

21.9% growth

projected to 2026

241,500 employed

currently in the US

$24,420 annual wage

US, median ($11.74 hourly)

What they do

Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise care for pets and other nonfarm animals, such as dogs, cats, ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice. Work in settings such as kennels, animal shelters, zoos, circuses, and aquariums. May keep records of feedings, treatments, and animals received or discharged. May clean, disinfect, and repair cages, pens, or fish tanks. Excludes "Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers" (31-9096).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 82.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 452 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 241,500 people have this job. They earn $24,420 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $5,897,430,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $11.74.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 21.9% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 294,400 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).