What Do I Need to Get Started?

You need technology skills.

Computers, the internet, and other high-tech innovations are changing the way many people work. Almost every job-seeker needs diverse computer skills and must continually upgrade those skills through additional training. Some fields rely on high-level technological expertise. For example, some conservationists analyze satellite data on deforestation. And fast-paced changes in technology will soon result in jobs and careers that we have never even heard of before.

You need education and experience.

Competition for good jobs in any field can be fierce. You need to earn at least as much formal education as required in your chosen field. You also need hands-on experience and continuing education after your job begins to stay competitive and up-to-date.

You may need to look beyond the obvious choices.

  • There are many exciting possibilities to explore. Consider your skills and interests and try to think creatively on how you can best apply them to your career journey.
  • Don't let gender or ethnicity limit your choices. Not long ago, veterinary schools rarely admitted women. Now over 70% of veterinary students are female.
  • Stay flexible. You may not get the exact job you want right away, but you can keep working toward it while helping animals in other ways.
  • Consider the full impact of the profession upon the animals - does it promote the protection and respect of animals or is it exploitive? Please review The HSUS Policy Statements to learn more about these big issues.