How much do zookeeper assistants make?
This depends on where you live and the facility you wish to work at. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is often a great resource for information about earnings and growth potential.
The challenge is that zookeeper assistants aren’t listed in a separate category but instead are lumped together with a variety of other animal related jobs called “Animal Care and Service Workers”. Another website called O Net Online also has interesting data but they also list zookeeper assistants with other jobs in a category they call “Animal Caretakers.”
Experience is also a factor in determining earning potential. The more experience you have the greater your marketability is likely to be. One of the most difficult aspects of this profession is the high interest it generates. This means that entry level jobs like zookeeper assistants have a great many animal lovers without any formal training (but a great deal of passion) clamoring for a chance. While no school can guarantee employment or earnings, ABC believes that taking a formal program that gives graduates a strong foundational understanding of zookeeping and the many of the animals found in zoos not only gives those graduates an advantage over those with no training but also communicates to potential employers that the graduate is serious and dedicated to their profession.
How long does it take to become a zookeeper assistant?
ABCs Zookeeper Assistant Program takes between 8 to 12 months to complete. Once you graduate and are successful in getting a zookeeper assistant job, it could take you several years of working full time to gain a professional level of experience.