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Animal Care Attendant

An Animal Care Attendant will be required to help with a range of tasks. They will look after animals, bathing them, clipping their nails and cleaning their ears. They will clean out the animal cages and enclosures, making sure they are maintained and disinfected at all times. The role also requires water to be filled up and animals to be fed according to their individual needs. On occasions, they may be required to exercise and play with the animals, as well as answer any visitor questions. This makes it a very exciting and varied role.


Average wage for

Employment Levels

Around 12,000 people are currently employed as Animal Care Attendants in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 12,300 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

24.9% of all Animal Care Attendants are employed in QLD. The area with the lowest number of Animal Care Attendants is NT, with only 0.5%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 31.2% of Animal Care Attendants being male and 68.8% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Animal Care Attendants is 25-34 years old, with 31.6%. A small percentage (5.5%) of people get into this career path older, aged 60-64. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Animal Care Attendants, with 12.9% aged 45-54.

Hours Worked

Animal Care Attendants work an average of 43.7 hours a week which is 2.8 hours higher than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Animal Care Attendants have a Year 12 qualification (27.8%) or are at a Advanced Diploma/Diploma level (25.3%). 50.6% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 49.4% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Animal Care Attendant Duties & Tasks

  • Look after the animals by bathing them, clipping their nails and cleaning their ears
  • Clean out the animal cages and enclosures
  • Make sure all areas are maintained and disinfected at all times
  • Fill up water troughs and feed animals according to their individual needs
  • Exercise and play with the animals
  • Answer any visitor questions



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.