Pet shop assistant

Pet shop assistants serve customers and look after animals in pet shops.

Potential salary
£14,500 to £17,500
Working hours
39 to 41 a week
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • persuading and negotiating skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • giving food and water to the animals
  • cleaning out cages
  • grooming and exercising animals
  • advising customers
  • selling pet care products
  • maintaining stock levels
  • dealing with deliveries
  • keeping the store clean and tidy
  • checking the water temperature and chemical balance in fish tanks
  • checking all animals regularly for signs of disease

You could work at a store.

With experience, you could progress to supervisor or manager.

Data from National Careers Service.
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