Most pet groomers advise career
seekers to start their education by attending on-site
schools. There are distinct advantages. On-site schools
should provide you with pets to groom hands-on. Your
instruction should be structured and timed to complete
within a set period of time. You should have an
instructor continually evaluating your progress.
However, there is much more to consider when selecting a
school best suited to your career goals.
The definition of "home study" for
groomers continues to evolve. Home study programs in
various publishing formats exploded around the year
2000. It now includes books, videos and streaming media.
Home study still involves hands-on grooming, but you
will need to find pets to groom. More important, it's
not only for career seekers anymore. Today's
professional groomers are wisely investing in continuing
education with home study options.
No one knows exactly how many pet
groomers there are. Reliable estimates range from 80,000
to 120,000 in the U.S. including groomers, bathers and
assistants. There are at least 2,500 job openings in the
U.S. any day of the year. This website leads you to many
of them. Career seekers may find the job market
complicated from competing compensation formats, lack of
standardization and a plethora of routes into
self-employment. We can help.