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Larger, established facilities such as zoos and aquaria may employ people across a wide range of roles; from animal attendants to tour guides; but many of the opportunities you may find could depend upon you running your own business. This area of work can provide an extra income stream to an established farm; by setting up accommodation, farm tours, catering or a farm shop. Wildlife reserves with a primary interest in conservation may develop a source of income beyond reliance on grants. Business opportunities are only limited by ones imagination.
Work may involve:
Increasing your learning and building a network are key to succeeding in this highly competitive field. Try to stay up-to-date on current trends, and invest time in learning more about the animals you're most interested in. People who lay a strong foundation are likely to be more capable, and that generally tends to lead to higher earnings and more long-term career success.
Diversifying your learning and experience is a natural, and often very successful way of helping your career to progress. This could involve doing additional study in order to broaden the services you can offer, or deepen the quality of service you offer. It may also allow you to cross over into other related career paths. Ways to progress your career include:
Training in complimentary areas (eg. dive instructing). This means you can teach and take groups on ecotours.
Improving your people skills to interact with tourists.
Furthering your learning. If you are working in an animal entertainment business such as an aquarium or a bird sanctuary, you may look for courses in biology, animal welfare or zoology/ornithology.
Professional development is very important. If you work in a zoo as a zoo assistant for example, management or business courses will be essential if you want to progress to a higher position, such as zoo manager. In wildlife tourism, you may look for professional development in courses related to tourism or more specifically to courses that will teach you new techniques or approaches within the industry.