Animal Control Workers
SOC: 33-9011.00


Handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
15,000 employed

Projected (2024):
15,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Animal Attendant
  • Animal Control Officer
  • Animal Control Specialist
  • Animal Cop
  • Animal Cruelty Investigation Supervisor
  • Animal Cruelty Investigator
  • Animal Park Code Enforcement Officer
  • Animal Rescuer
  • Animal Treatment Investigator
  • Animal Warden
  • Canine Service Instructor-Trainer
  • Code Enforcement Inspector
  • Code Enforcement Officer
  • Code Enforcement Supervisor
  • Community Service Officer
  • Dog Catcher
  • Dog Control Officer
  • Dog Pound Attendant
  • Dog Warden
  • Humane Agent
  • Humane Officer
  • Police Officer

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    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.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • 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.
  • Organize the adoption of unclaimed animals.
  • Train police officers in dog handling and training techniques for tracking, crowd control, and narcotics and bomb detection.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Animal cages
  • Animal capture nets
  • Animal catch poles
  • Animal control shotguns
  • Animal traps
  • Bat excluders
  • Blowguns
  • Cable winches
  • Cat crates
  • Compact digital cameras
  • Crimping pliers
  • Dog muzzles
  • Electro muscular disruption devices EMDD
  • Leashes
  • Microchip readers
  • Mobile radios
  • Noose poles
  • Personal computers
  • Power lifts
  • Snake hooks
  • Snake tongs
  • Tranquilizer guns
  • Veterinary stethoscopes
  • Wildlife cameras
  • Work trucks
  • Animal Shelter Manager
  • ARK Software Ark Shelter Software
  • CISCO Software ACS Animal Control System
  • Geographic information system GIS software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Multiple Options Animal Shelter Management System
  • RescueConnection Software ShelterConntection
  • RoseRush Services Shelter Pro Software
  • TRAX Animal Control Officer Software
  • Web browser software

  • protective service

    industry stats

    SOC: 33-0000

    Total Employed: 3,351,620

    Average Annual Salary: $44,610