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Become A Pet Groomer

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Working As A Pet Groomer

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Make Decisions

  • $23,660

    Average Salary

What Does A Pet Groomer Do At Petco Animal Supplies Inc.

* Interact professionally and effectively with all professional contacts with emphasis on company interests.
* Professionally perform basic grooming services on animals as requested by customers.
* Perform grooming services including brushing, bathing, ear and teeth cleaning, and trimming nails.
* Assist with training.
* Assist with generating and developing the grooming business.
* Assist in booking grooming appointments, and performing follow-up phone calls and reminders to customers.
* Ensure the safety and well-being of each animal.
* Ensure standards are maintained, and maintain salon cleanliness and safety.
* Utilize grooming instruments including shears and dryers.
* Follow owner's instructions and/or breed profiles/standards when clipping or trimming an animal s coat.
* Complete payroll and commission paperwork.
* Move animals and merchandise up to 30 pounds.
* Candidates must pass background check.
* Convictions will be reviewed on a case by case basis; convictions will not necessarily bar a candidate's

What Does A Pet Groomer Do At Kirkwood Community College

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* Provide instruction in discipline according to course syllabus.
* Manage and care of Pet Grooming laboratory.
* Communicate with department staff, students, and faculty on a regular basis.
* Perform other related work duties as assigned.
* Effectively instruct and communicate material for the course.
* Abide by and enforce safety rules when in a lab setting.
* Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.
* Available to teach daytime or evenings.
* Position involves sitting and/or standing most of the time in a classroom setting.
* Constant (67
* repetitive motion, stooping, crouching, pushing, pulling, carrying and lifting up to 20 pounds.
* Frequent (34
* reaching, standing, walking, lifting and grasping.
* Constant (67
* talking, hearing and viewing various types of close work.
* May potentially be subject to bio-hazardous waste; hazardous chemicals, moveable mechanical parts; fumes and odors.
* Person in this position must satisfactorily complete Kirkwood's Bloodborne Pathogens training and Right-to
* Know (Hazardous Communication) program.
* The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.
* Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.

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How To Become A Pet Groomer

All states require barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists to be licensed. To qualify for a license, candidates are required to graduate from a state-approved cosmetology program.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required for some positions. In addition, every state requires that barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists complete a program in a state-licensed barber or cosmetology school. Programs in hairstyling, skin care, and other personal appearance services are available in postsecondary vocational schools.

Full-time programs in barbering and cosmetology usually last at least 9 months and may lead to an associate’s degree. Most of these workers take advanced courses in hairstyling or in other personal appearance services to keep up with the latest trends. Those who want to open their own business also may take courses in sales and marketing.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must obtain a license in order to work. Qualifications for a license vary by state, but generally, a person must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Reached a minimum age of 16
  • Received a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Graduated from a state-licensed barber or cosmetology school

After graduating from a state-approved training program, students take a state licensing exam that includes a written test and, in some cases, a practical test of styling skills or an oral exam.

In many states, cosmetology training may be credited toward a barbering license and vice versa, and a few states combine the two licenses. A fee usually is required to apply for a license, and periodic renewals may be necessary.

Some states have reciprocity agreements that allow licensed barbers and cosmetologists to get a license in another state without needing additional formal training or state board testing, but such agreements are not common. Consequently, people who want to work in a particular state should review the laws of that state before entering a training program.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must keep up with the latest trends and be ready to try new hairstyles for their clients.

Customer-service skills. Workers must be pleasant, friendly, and able to interact with customers in order to retain clients.

Listening skills. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists should be good listeners. They must listen carefully to what the client wants in order to make sure that the client is happy with the result.

Physical stamina. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must be able to stand on their feet for long periods.

Tidiness. Workers must keep a neat personal appearance and keep their work area clean and sanitary. This requirement is necessary for the health and safety of their clients and for making clients comfortable enough so that they will want to return. 

Time-management skills. Time-management skills are important in scheduling appointments and providing services. For example, routine haircuts do not require the precise timing of some other services, such as applying neutralizer after a permanent wave. Clients who receive timely hair care are more likely to return.

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Pet Groomer Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

  • Unknown



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Japanese

  • Portuguese

  • Khmer

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Tagalog

  • Mandarin

  • Thai

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Top Skills for A Pet Groomer


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Top Pet Groomer Skills

  1. Bathe Dogs
  2. Customer Service Skills
  3. Clean Salon
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Bathe Dogs to get ready for grooming then groom dry and deliver to cousotmer
  • Use great customer service skills to make their experience as delightful as possible.
  • Bathe,brush, cut hair, clean salon, take appointments
  • Company representative; customer relations, appointment scheduling, computer data entry, receptionist, and supply management.
  • Prioritized animal safety and comfort at all times.

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