Animal Behaviorist Salary
An Animal Behaviorist earns an average salary of $29,967 per year.
Job Description for Animal Behaviorist
Animal behaviorists are employed primarily by veterinarians, laboratories, animal shelters, pet stores, zoos, and other institutions, while some operate their own businesses. A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is generally required for this position, and some employers require that animal behaviorists have Laboratory Animal Behavior Certification or Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (ACAAB) certification. Some employers also require prior commensurate experience.Read More...
Most careers in animal behavior require advanced degrees such as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.). Animal behaviorists generally oversee socialization and enrichment programs for animals, so they must have in-depth knowledge of the causes, development, and evolution of animal behavior. They must also be aware that changes in animal behavior can be caused by various stimuli, whether external (other animals, food, predators, etc.) or internal (e.g., hormones or other genetic or medical factors).
After assessing animals' behavior, they may work with behavioral problems directly and/or provide recommendations to clients, technicians, or veterinarians. They may also oversee training for technicians and their assistants relevant to animal handling. They must always comply with standard operation procedures and their company’s written policies and guidelines and strictly adhere to all government (federal, state and local) regulations. They may work directly with clients, such as animal owners, so excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills are very important.