Do you want to work as a Humane Educator?

READ: This page helps you to read about the career and the info you need to decide on whether this is indeed the career you want to follow.

RESEARCH: ​Learn about the skills required and minimum subjects to enter this career, as well as the places where you can study further after school.

PREPARE: If you want to plan and prepare for the career, then join the OZT Community! Members have access to tools, while chatting with other students and experts from around the world. Prepare to be amazed!

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1. What is a Humane Educator?

Humane educators are responsible for promoting humane interactions between pets and people. They teach the community about a variety of humane topics including animal welfare, animal rights, and animal behavior

Alternative Names

The career may also be known as:

  • Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES)
  • Manager of Humane Education Programs
  • Youth Program Specialist
  • Humane Education Associate
  • Community Education Specialist

2. What does a Humane Educator do?

Career Categories

The Humane Educator career can be found in the following career categories:

  • Education
  • Marine Conservation
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Zoos, Aquariums, Museums & Theme Parks

What does a Humane Educator focus on?

They focus on a variety of educational programs, which they present to school groups, businesses, organizations and zoos. They also may be involved with educating pet adopters about how to care for their new animals.

What are the daily tasks of a Humane Educator?

  • Research current laws, regulations and standards on caring for animals
  • Assist in developing educational curriculum and material
  • Teach members of the public how to interact with animals in a compassionate and considerate way.
  • Write reports
  • Administration and filing

3. The working environment of a Humane Educator

Where does a Humane Educator work?

Environment –

Most of the educational talks will be held indoors, but smaller ones can be in the outdoors.

Places of Employment –

Educators can work for animal organizations, such as zoos, aquariums, museums, theme parks, conservation organizations and wildlife sanctuaries. Or they may work for government in parks, kennels, SPCA’s or adoption facilities.

What is the average annual salary of a Humane Educator?

They can earn a yearly average of US$35,000 per year. The salary will also differ from country to country.

Can a Humane Educator be promoted?

Some can go into specialized areas, while others may be promoted into management positions.

The possible levels:

Junior Educator/ Educator > Coordinator (middle level) > Manager or Supervisor

What difficulties can a Humane Educator face?

The work might entail lots of travel, long hours with short deadlines, as well as working over weekends and holidays. They may also have to think outside of the box to design new material.

Where does a Humane Educator work?

The employment outlook in this career subsector is very strong with expected growth of 22%.

4. Which Skills are required by a Humane Educator?

The skills required for a career as a humane educator 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
Life Skills
40%

Career Skills

  • ​Excellent design skills
  • Good customer service skills
  • Excellent health and physical fitness
  • Basic computer literacy
Career Skills
60%

5. Which Subjects must I have at School to 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 Humane Educator?

Minimum Requirements

The minimum qualifications in most countries is a College Diploma, with an average of a Bachelor’s Degree to secure the best positions.

Study Focus

Majors –

Degree programs include coursework in education, curriculum development, instructional design, biology, ecology, and zoology.

Short Courses –

Short Courses are generally available in various topics, and will be a good filler between normal college coursework.

The Humane Society of the United States offers a Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES) program to enhance the humane educator’s credentials.

Study Duration

The duration of University Degrees can take between 3 to 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

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 Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Training and apprenticeship

Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as an humane educator will be acquired through practice. 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.

In most cases entry level positions may require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.

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

Average level of education of all the people who enter the career

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

7. Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

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

In some instances an educational license is required.

Learn more about requirements by joining the OZT Community.

Professional Associations

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 education and curriculum development.

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Members of the Platform have special access to:

  • Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
  • Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
  • Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
  • Make friends around the world and share knowledge
  • Compete and win points, badges, games, prizes and certificates. Be the best of the best, while you learn and prepare!

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