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UPDATED: 29 August 2020

1. What is a pet store assistant?

A Pet Store Worker is a person that is responsible for the daily upkeep of the local pet store. This includes looking after the animals, stock and overall condition of the store.

A Pet Store or Pet Shop is a business that sells pets, supplies and accessories, as well as gives advise on pet related issues.

Alternative names:

The name of this career may come in different forms:

  • Pet Store Attendant
  • Pet Shop Worker

2. What does a Pet Store Assistant do?

Career Categories:

The Pet Store Assistant career is found in the following OZT career categories:

  • Animal Care

What does a Pet Store Assistant focus on?

A Pet Store Worker mainly assists clients with their purchases (of pets, supplies or accessories) and gives general advise on pet care. Good knowledge and understanding of pets and their requirements are extremely important. One Zoo Tree has information on all these animals to help you learn more about them.

What are the daily tasks of a Pet Store Assistant?

  • Daily upkeep of a pet store
  • Sell pet supplies including food, medicine, toys, carriers, and educational books and videos
  • Assist customers, answering questions and offering animal care advice
  • Keep the store, aquariums, and animal cages clean
  • Stock shelves, order products from distributors, and maintain records on the animals and products
  • ​Checking the animals for any signs of illness

3. The working environment of a Pet Store Assistant

Where does a Pet Store Assistant work?

Environment-

Pet store assistants mainly work indoors, within the store itself. More hands on assistants might be requested to transport animals, or work outside in a closed in storage area.

Places of Employment –

In local pet shops.

What is the average annual salary of a Pet Store Assistant?

A Pet Store Assistant can make around US$25,000 per year. This will differ from country to country, and may also depend on the size of the pet store.

Can a Pet Store Assistant be promoted?

A Pet Store Assistant with relevant years of experience may be promoted to Pet Store Manager, or move on to other animal care careers, such as animal caretakers, kennel workers, or rescue center staff.

They may also decide to venture into business by opening their own pet store, or breeding specific animals to supply to pet stores.

What kind of difficulties does a Pet Store Assistant face?

​The most difficult part of this career is being able to work with difficult pets. Certain animals can get difficult and temperamental when they sense a new person in their space. Learning to deal with such animals is important to make Pet Store Worker your ideal career. The work will usually include a significant amount of weekend work and can also involve working evenings, especially in some of the larger pet stores.

4. Which Skills are required by a Pet Store Assistant?

The skills required for a career as a pet store assistant can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills:

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship

Career Skills:

  • ​Animal handling and care techniques
  • ​Basic customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Basic computer literacy
Life Skills
45%
Career Skills
55%

5. Which subjects must I have at School to help prepare for this career?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

6. What will I need to study to become a Pet Store Assistant?

Minimum educational requirements:

Generally, Pet Store Workers must have at least a minimum of a high school diploma, when working for an established business. There are no further requirements for becoming a pet store worker, however experience with animals and an animal related qualification will enhance your CV and put you in a strong position when applying for jobs.

Although further education is not necessary, the best pet store worker learns additional skills on the job, or acquire skills through completing short courses.

Study Focus:

When you do decide to further your skills, you might want to focus on short courses that specializes in caring for pets as well as dealing with pet behavioral issues. To enable promotion to Manager, in-house training and courses in management will be good.

Study Duration:

The duration of short courses differ, but can range from a few days to a few weeks.

​​Possible Career Preparation Paths:

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Possible Combined Career Paths:

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternative(s):

Stepping Stone Career:

Being a pet store assistant can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (high fees etc). You can begin as an pet sitter after basic short courses. The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.

Some of the possible paths:

Training and Apprenticeship:

Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal care careers, most of required skills will be acquired through on-the-job training and exposure. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.

Join the OZT community to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!

Average level of education of those entering the career:

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

7. Licenses, Certification, Registration and Professional Associations

Certain animal care careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.

There is NO special legal requirements necessary to become a pet store assistant. The pet store and it’s owner will need a lot, though.

Learn more about requirements by joining the OZT community.

8. Where can I study further?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards animal care.

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