Career Advice

9, 10, 11, 12

In this lesson the learners will explore career options, especially those careers associated with animal welfare.  The learners will combine what they have come to understand about job satisfaction and use this information to guide their research and creation of a presentation about careers with animals in preparation for hosting a “Careers with Animals” Expo.

PrintOne 45 to 50 minute class period with additional time need to complete research and develop a presentation

The learner will:

  • review and articulate the meaning of job satisfaction.
  • draw conclusions about the role job satisfaction plays in making occupation/career choices.
  • define and articulate the meaning of humane treatment and animal welfare.
  • identify careers that promote animal welfare.
  • research a career with animals and develop an audio/visual presentation.
  • Copies of Handout One: John Walsh
  • Copies of Handout Two: Careers with Animals for each learner
  • Copies of Handout Three: Careers with Animals Research Project
  • On line or media access for research purposes
Home Connection 

Research and presentation preparation can be completed as homework.

  • Reeves, Diane Lindsey and Heubeck, Nancy. Career Ideas for Kids Who Like Animals and Nature. ISBN-10: 0816040982 ISBN-13: 978-0816040988
  • Sirch,Willow Ann. Careers with Animals: The Humane Society of the United States  ISBN-10: 155591408X  ISBN-13: 978-1555914080

  • Pasternak, Ceel andThornburg, Linda.Cool Careers for Girls with Animals 
     ISBN: 043918018X

  • Maynard, Thane, Working With Wildlife: A Guide to Careers in the Animal World Forward by Jane Goodall ISBN-10: 0531115380 ISBN-13: 978-053111538

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  1. Share the information about John Walsh (Handout One: John Walsh). This can be done by summarizing the information about his work for the students, or by distributing copies of the information for students to read. Ask students to draw conclusions from the information about Mr. Walsh’s career choice, if they think he might have enjoyed job satisfaction and why.

  2. Tell the students that Mr. Walsh’s career is dedicated to advancing humane treatment and animal welfare. Ask the learners to brainstorm what they think animal welfare means.

  3. Clarify the discussion by sharing this definition: animal welfare is the compassion and respect due animals as living, responsive beings. Animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and this is not to be left to the compassionate impulses of humans, but is an entitlement that must be protected under the law.

  4. Pose this question: In what ways might having a career that advocates for the kind and respectful treatment of all living things be considered to be one of the “satisfying” ways to ensure and promote the welfare and common good for everyone?

  5. Distribute copies of Handout Two: Careers with Animals. Ask students to read the list of careers and share any additional careers with animals generated from their homework assignment. Add these to the list. 

  6. Tell the class that they will be expected to research one of the careers with animals. They will create audio/visual presentations to share with an audience they select that can benefit from the information about careers during a “Careers with Animals” Expo.

  7. Ask the learners to brainstorm some of the benefits of learning about and researching careers, especially those relating to animals. Ask them to consider who might benefit from the information they learned about job satisfaction and service, and also about the careers they will be researching. Ask the class to come to consensus about an audience with whom they can share their career presentations by holding a “Career’s with Animals Expo.”

  8. Distribute Handout Three: Careers with Animals Research Project, go over the assignment and set a due date.

  9. Answer any questions/making any clarifications and allow the learners to spend any remaining class time beginning their research.


Learner involvement in the classroom discussions will be the major portion of the assessment for this lesson.

Cross Curriculum 

The learners will conduct research on careers that promote the humane treatment of and respect for animals. They will plan to present their findings as advocates for animal welfare.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark HS.2 Discuss and give examples of why some humans will sacrifice for the benefit of unknown others.
  2. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Define and give examples of motivations for giving and serving.
    2. Standard PI 02. Careers In The Nonprofit Sector
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Identify and explain how career options in the civil-society sector benefit communities.
      2. Benchmark HS.2 Explore requirements and motivations for a career in the civil society sector.