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Zookeeper

Zookeeper

“If you love animals and enjoy being active, this could be just what you are looking for.”

Zookeeper

Zookeepers look after animals in zoos and safari parks. They also work in aquariums and sometimes in the wild. They work with all types of animals. If you love animals and enjoy being active, this could be just what you are looking for.

To become a zookeeper, you will need to have confidence and patience when working with animals. You'll need good observation skills. You'll also need good 'people' skills.

You may not need any particular qualifications to start work in a zoo. However, some employers may expect you to have GCSEs or similar qualifications. You will need a driving licence for work in wildlife and safari parks.

Skills you'll learn at South Devon College

  • animal accommodation - providing fresh bedding, food and water
  • zoological animal health and husbandry
  • wildlife and conservation
  • communication and presenting skills
  • improved IT and English
  • an awareness of health and safety

Your future

  • over 65% of skilled agricultural and related roles will require qualifications at level 2 or above by 2020
  • over 40% of skilled agricultural and related roles will require qualifications at level 3 or above by 2020
  • 419,000 people are expected to be employed in agriculture sector by 2020
  • 98% of Animal Management students moved forward into a positive destination, including employment, apprenticeships and further study
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