Executives at Work

Animal Careers Without Touching Animals (much of the time)

There are many careers that benefit animals that don't involve handling them (at least much of the time). A partial list follows. The emphasis is on pet-related careers (but we include other animal-related jobs as well). Contact me if you have careers to add. See if any of these jobs appeal to you.

Jobs Can Be



At a desk or moving around

Working from home

Examples of Settings that Can Have an Animal-related Mission

Colleges and universities (ex, research labs)




Animal Shelters


Professional associations

Advertising firms

Law firms (specialized) and courtrooms

Animal hospitals

Insurance companies


Online sales


Examples of Jobs*

For example, specialized social workers can help people overcome the death of their pets. More examples: sales of animal-related products; handling finances for veterinary hospitals; writing grants to raise money so shelters can save more animals; and being deans of students at veterinary schools (vet degree not usually required). You can make a difference and help animals without ever touching one.


Animal activist

Baker/Cook, animal food and treats

Collector and seller of animal-related items (such as Breyer horses and Steiff stuffed animals)

Courtroom Animal Advocate (generally a volunteer position)

Customer service

Entrepreneur, your own firm

Database management, IT, App developer

Finance for a shelter, animal hospital or private company that is animal affiliated

Fundraiser/Grant writer for a shelter

Human resources

Insurance sales/Adjuster (pet insurance)

Journalist, issues about animals

Lawyer, pet

Lobbyist (for animal causes)


Nonprofit administrator--overseeing volunteers, service animal organizations, and more

Policy/Budget analyst--legislation affecting animals

Pooper scooper, clean up people's yards

Researcher, university or other environment

PR (Public relations), including social media

Sales, Pet company, for example for a company that makes treats or pet toys

Shelter manager

Special events manager to call attention to animal causes, eg, need for adoption

Teacher, animal husbandry or other
Writer (also see Journalist), fiction and nonfiction

*Most links describe specific professions but may not be specific to pet specialization