Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 33-9011 Animal Control Workers
Handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Investigate reports of animal attacks or animal cruelty, interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, and writing reports. Capture and remove stray, uncontrolled, or abused animals from undesirable conditions, using nets, nooses, or tranquilizer darts as necessary. Examine animals for injuries or malnutrition, and arrange for any necessary medical treatment. Remove captured animals from animal-control service vehicles and place animals in shelter cages or other enclosures. Euthanize rabid, unclaimed, or severely injured animals. Supply animals with food, water, and personal care. Clean facilities and equipment such as dog pens and animal control trucks. Prepare for prosecutions related to animal treatment, and give evidence in court. Educate the public about animal welfare, and animal control laws and regulations. Contact animal owners to inform them that their pets are at animal holding facilities. Write reports of activities, and maintain files of impoundments and dispositions of animals. Issue warnings or citations in connection with animal-related offenses, or contact police to report violations and request arrests. Answer inquiries from the public concerning animal control operations. Examine animal licenses, and inspect establishments housing animals for compliance with laws.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $11.57   Entry $24,043.00
Mean $15.42   Mean $32,075.00
Experience $17.35 Experience $36,086.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

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