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Pet-Minding and Exercise Operator

A Pet-Minding and Exercise Operator will look after your pet for you while you are away, whether that is for a short period (for example, while you're at work) or longer (for example, if you go away on holiday). They will make sure pets get enough attention and have regular exercise. They will also ensure they have been fed, watered and are kept well groomed.


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Employment Levels

Around 16,400 people are currently employed in roles that are similar to Pet-Minding and Exercise Operators in Australia. The Department of Employment predicts that over the next few years, by 2018, this number will increase to 17,100 people within the profession.

Employment by State

The majority of Pet-Minding and Exercise Operators are employed within Victoria. This is 13% higher than the national average. However the area with the lowest employment rate for Pet-Minding and Exercise Operators is the ACT with 2.3%.

Gender Split

This is a female dominated industry with 62.5% of Pet-Minding and Exercise Operators 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

Pet-Minding and Exercise Operators 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.

Pet-Minding and Exercise Operator Duties & Tasks

  • Make sure pets have sufficient food and water at all times
  • Walk pets to make sure they have enough exercise throughout the day
  • Wash, dry and brush pets where necessary after walk
  • Provide pets with care and affection
  • Clean out litter trays or cages
  • Monitor pets and refer them to a Vet where necessary



*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.