Do Some Homework

How do you find out up-to-the-minute, inside information on the fields that interest you most?

Research

Check books, visit web sites, and contact professional organizations. Visit the Humane Career Toolbox for a variety of such resources.

Personal Stories

But most important: talk to people working in that profession today. Contact people in the field and see if they'd be interested in discussing their career with you. Informational interviews are most successful when you do your homework first - do some research beforehand; develop a list of questions before your meeting.

Another great way to learn about a field is to become a volunteer or intern. Research opportunities through the Humane Career Toolbox. Time spent volunteering or interning at a veterinary clinic or wildlife rehabilitation enter could provide valuable background for a career with animals. Volunteering at an animal shelter is also an excellent way to begin and gain experience. Shelters are always in need of good help. Almost all animal organizations have volunteer programs.

Background

To pursue many careers involving animals, you should have a good general background in courses like biology, natural history, ecology, zoology, animal science, and animal behavior.

General humanities courses or studies in literature, philosophy, and political science can also be valuable for people concerned about animals.

Business and management coursework is important for people who go into leadership and management positions.