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Animal Trainers, Female

In the 19th century, women were generally banned from circuses where most animal training took place, but by the turn of the 20th century, many women were engaged in training animals and pushing the gender boundaries of the day. Today, animal trainers are generally employed to teach riding, for security purposes, to entertain in public venues, teach animal obedience, or prepare animals to work with disabled individuals. In 2006, there were approximately 10,020 animal trainers working in the United States, and 70 percent of them were female. While some animal trainers may have only a high school diploma or an equivalency status, those who work with large animals are generally required to have bachelor's degrees in fields such as biology, marine biology, or animal science. ...

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