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UPDATED: 3 November 2020
1. What is a pet taxi operator?
A pet taxi operator works similarly to a normal taxi, accept that the taxi is used to transport pets and their owners to where they need to be.
Pet taxis work well in large cities where pet owners do not necessarily have transport to take their pets to where they need to be, such as the vet or groomer.
2. What does a Pet Taxi Operator do?
The Pet Taxi Operator career can be found within the following OZT career categories:
- Animal Care
What does a Pet Taxi Operator focus on?
The primary focus of pet taxi operators is to transport animals, and sometimes their owners too.
What are the daily tasks of a Pet Taxi Operator?
- Discuss brief with clients
- Work out route to travel
- Ensure taxi is fully operational and safe
- Pick up animal (and owner if necessary)
- Transport animal to final destination
- Sign off and get paid
- Marketing of business
- Administration and filing
3. Working conditions of a Pet Taxi Operator
Where does a Pet Taxi Operator work?
Pet taxi operators work primarily from within their vehicles.
Places of Employment –
Most pet taxi operators are self employed, but they may also work as drivers for large pet taxi businesses.
What is the average annual salary of a Pet Taxi Operator?
As most taxi operators are self employed, the average the income per year is around $40,000. This will differ from country to country.
What kind of difficulties can a Pet Taxi Operator face?
The most difficult part is always to get your business seen by future clients. In some cases the animals might be sick or frightened, which can cause them to be agitated and bite or kick. Transporting animals may require long hours and work over weekends and holidays.
Future growth & possibilities
As the pet industry keeps on showing a really good growth, so will all the careers associated with the care and health of animals.
4. Which Skills are required by a Pet Taxi Operator?
The skills required for a career as a pet taxi operator 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.
- Critical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Decision making
- Problem Solving
- Effective communication
- Interpersonal relationship
- Good business knowledge
- Good driving skills
- Basic customer service skills
- Good health and physical fitness
- Excellent computer literacy
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 Taxi Operator?
Minimum educational requirements
To become a pet taxi operator doesn’t require formal training, but many do go on to study a College Diploma to sharpen their skills in business.
Study path focusing on business management, marketing or transport.
Short Courses –
There are plenty of brilliant and necessary courses when thinking of transporting animals. One might be a good pet first aid.
The duration of College diploma can be up to 3 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 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):
Stepping Stone Career
Being a pet taxi operator 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 (sometimes due to things like high fees etc).
You can begin as an intern driver after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). 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 careers, most of the skills you will need as a cartoonist 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 some cases entry level positions 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.
Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior cartoonist or expert.
Join the Pet Taxi Operators Group in the Community to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!
Average level of educational qualification people had when entering the Career
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.
Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.
Learn more about requirements by joining OZT in the 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 transportation.
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- 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
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