Pet Groomer

Pet groomers provide grooming services for domestic pets most often dogs and cats. These services which ensure both cleanliness and physical appearance include bathing as well as trimming brushing and styling the pets’ hair or fur. Pet groomers use combs grooming shears and electric clippers to complete their jobs. They also trim the animals’ nails and clean their ears. According to the website httpeducation-portal.com there are no formal educational requirements for this occupation. However some vocational schools have training programs and online courses are available. However most pet groomers acquire the necessary skills through on-the-job training. Those that take the on-the-job-training route usually start out by shampooing pets and making sure the grooming area is clean and sanitary. Pet groomers must be knowledgeable about grooming requirements for various breeds because some breeds shed and others do not. They should also be familiar with the animal anatomy so they will be able to detect any signs that a pet might have a health issue. Also they must be patient maintain high standards of cleanliness and have a basic professional concern for the well-being of the pets in their care. Pet groomers work in pet-supply stores veterinary clinics animal hospitals kennels and animal shelters as well as in hotels and resorts. However some pet groomers make house calls. Pet groomers that practice on their own or open their own salons will need to learn the basics of business management. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics this occupation will grow faster than average because pet owners have an increasing concern with the health and appearance of their pets and often consider them to be members of the family. The median hourly wage for pet groomers is between $8 and $9.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $17680
High Salary: $18720
Low Salary: $16640
Tasks: Bathes and brushes pets.
Cuts dogs' hair according to specific guidelines.
Checks pets for ear infections, skin abnormalities and tooth decay.
Develops a bond between dogs and dog owners.
Also Called: Dog Groomer
Animal Groomer
Dog Hair Stylist
Dog Shampooer
Additional Resources: http://education-portal.com/articles/Pet_Groomer_Job_Description_and_Info_About_a_Career_in_Pet_Grooming.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_grooming
http://degreedirectory.org/articles/Pet_Groomer_Career_Summary_Job_Outlook_and_Education_Requirements.html