Wildlife rehabilitators make their careers preserving and protecting species threatened by man. Often working for rehabilitation centers, nonprofits and government agencies, wildlife rehabilitators help sick, injured or orphaned wild animals on the long path to releasing them back into their natural habitat. They are healers, explorers and humanitarians who are passionate about wildlife and the environment.
Many positions are found in heavily populated areas where human-wildlife interactions are most common, and in some states are voluntary or unpaid. There are typically no formal education requirements, but many wildlife rehabilitators have a degree in zoology, wildlife biology or ecology and are usually required to have state and federal permits. Jobs are projected to increase 16% by 2028.