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Companion Animal Trainer/Behaviourist

A Companion Animal Trainer or Behaviourist will initially assess an animal’s level of obedience and then carry out a training program to help change certain behaviours. This could be at a day session or at a longer session, where the animal will need to be looked after and cared for.


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Employment Levels

There are currently around 16,400 people employed as Companion Animal Trainers or Behaviourists in Australia. However, this is set to increase, with Department of Employment reporting that by 2018, there will be 17,100 people within the profession.

Employment by State

The majority of Companion Animal Trainers or Behaviourists are located in Victoria. This is 13% higher than the national average. The lowest numbers of Companion Animal Trainer and Behaviourists are in ACT, with 2.3%.

Gender Split

This is a female dominated industry with 62.5% of Companion Animal Trainer and Behaviourists being women and 37.5% male.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people within this job is 35-44 years old, with 25.8%. However, there are still a number of people (6.8%) who get into this path young, from 15-19 years of age, and who remain in this career until later in life, 65+ (2.9%).

Hours Worked

Companion Animal Trainers and Behaviourists work an average of 46.8 hours a week which is 5.7 hours more than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of workers employed in this profession have a Year 12 qualification (29.9%) or are at Diploma level (28%). 44.4% have a Certificate III or higher, whilst 55.5% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Companion Animal Trainer/Behaviourist Duties & Tasks

  • Assess animal's obedience levels
  • Spend time training animals
  • Walk the animals on a regular basis
  • Work with owners to help them understand commands
  • Provide care to the animals, from feeding cleaning and maintenance



*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.