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Survey Results - Pet Grooming Career Seeker Survey for 2008

7,202 questionnaires were completed. 94.3% completed all questions. All figures are rounded to the nearest whole number in percentage form. Some PetGroomer.com surveys include questions about grooming prices. Warning Notice: Any survey results presented here related to grooming prices are for your general interest in the pet grooming industry, and they are NOT to be used to calculate or set your grooming prices. If you do not agree with this warning notice policy, please leave this page now. All figures are rounded to the nearest whole number in percentage form.


  1. Which region (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau) are you located in?

    A.  New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island). 15%
    B.  Middle Atlantic (New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey) 19%
    C.  South Atlantic (West Virginia, Maryland, Wash DC, Delaware, Virginia, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Georgia, Florida) 13%
    D.  East South Central (Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama) 2%
    E.  West South Central (Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas) 7%
    F.  East North Central (Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan) 11%
    G.  West North Central (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas) 8%
    H.  Mountain (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada) 6%
    I.  Pacific (Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington state) 19%

  2. How strong is your interest in the pet grooming industry?

    A.  Very Little 0%
    B.  Little 1%
    C.  Fair 17%
    D.  Strong 62%
    E.  Certain 20%

  3. Would you prefer to be employed by a pet grooming business, or a self-employed pet groomer and business owner?

    A.  Employed 62%
    B.  Self-Employed 38%

  4. Select the subject area you are most interested in:

    A.  Dog Grooming 88%
    B.  Cat Grooming 10%
    C.  Other Animal Grooming 2%

  5. Which category below best characterizes your past work experience?

    A.  Non-Office Worker / Laborer 5%
    B.  Sales 16%
    C.  Office Supervisor and Staff 3%
    D.  Management 16%
    E.  Medical 2%
    F.  Self-Employment 17%
    G.  Technician 2%
    H.  Military 31%
    I.   Government 1%
    J.  Pet care (non grooming) 7%

  6. What is your present, or most recent, annual wage earnings from employment (prior taxes)? If you are self-employed, your answer should reflect your personal net income before taxes that you earned from the business, not the gross revenue of sales or services earned by the business.
    (figures are in United States dollars)

    A.  Under $10,000 1%
    B.  $10,001 to $20,000 7%
    C.  $20,001 to $30,000 20%
    D.  $30,001 to $40,000 40%
    E.  $40,001 to $50,000 30%
    F.  $50,001 to $75,000 6%
    G.  Over $75,000 2%

  7. Have any of your past occupations, or current occupation, involved working with pets?

    A.  Yes 29%
    B.  No 71%

  8. The ratio of men versus women entering the pet grooming industry is important. Please let us know your gender.

    A.  Female 93%
    B.  Male 7%

  9. Also important is your age bracket. Please select one of the following age brackets.

    A.  Under 25 24%
    B.  25-35 37%
    C.  36-45 18%
    D.  46-55 12%
    E.  Over 55 9%

  10. How did you hear about the PetGroomer.com?

    A.  Internet search engine or newsgroup 54%
    B.  Friend or family member 8%
    C.  Career counselor or career organization 3%
    D.  Referral from someone in pet industry 29%
    E.  Magazine or newspaper article or review 2%
    F.  PetGroomer.com advertisement 3%
    G.  Other 1%

SECTION B -- Your Grooming Career Plans
  1. Are you planning to attend a school of pet grooming?

    A.  Yes 67%
    B.  No 33%

  2. How much do you plan to spend for tuition, registration and tools at a school of pet grooming?

    A.  Under $1,000 1%
    B.  $1,000 to $2,000 12%
    C.  $2,001 to $4,000 49%
    D.  $4,001 to $6,000 23%
    E.  Over $6,000 15%

  3. Which of the following best describes your plan to first work in the pet grooming industry?

    A.  Employment as a pet bather or pet groomer in a pet grooming business. 44%
    B.  Open my own mobile grooming business. 27%
    C.  Open my own in-home grooming business. 18%
    D.  Open my own grooming business in a commercial location. 10%
    E.  Open a self-service location with some full-service grooming. 1%

  4. If you plan to be self-employed, will you have a partner in your business?

    A.  Yes. Husband or wife will work with me as a part-time or full-time partner. 18%
    B.  Yes. Other business partner either part-time or full-time. 12%
    C.  No business partners. 70%

  5. If your business grows to where you need to hire employees, will you hire employees?

    A.  No, I only want to work alone. 20%
    B.  Yes, I want to grow a larger business by hiring employees. 80%

  6. How much income do you plan to earn your first year as an employee, or net income from business when self-employed (not gross income for business)?

    A.  Under $10,000 1%
    B.  $10,001 to $20,000 17%
    C.  $20,001 to $30,000 220%
    D.  $30,001 to $40,000 43%
    E.  $40,001 to $50,000 11%
    F.  $50,001 to $75,000 5%
    G.  Over $75,000 1%

  7. What is the most important consideration choosing a school of pet grooming to attend?

    A.  Location. 25%
    B.  Their formal licensing and accreditation status. 1%
    C.  Quality of their curriculums. 18%
    D.  Their references and reputation. 4%
    E.  Price. 34%
    F.  Background of owner, director and instructors. 3%
    G.   Confidence that the school has enough pet owner clientele to provide adequate number of pets for each student to groom. 4%
    H.  Facilities, including a library and an assigned workstation not shared with other students. 2%
    I.   Number of enrolled students attending at the same time. 9%

  8. Are you willing to travel out of your area or state to attend the school of your choice where reasonable accommodations can be found?

    A.  Yes. 33%
    B.  No. 67%

  9. How important is the availability of financial aid in selecting a school of pet grooming?

    A.  Not important. 14%
    B.  Somewhat important. 52%
    C.  Very important. 34%

  10. How many hours of instruction and hands-on grooming experience do you expect of a very professional pet grooming course?

    A.  Under 100 hours. 2%
    B.  101 to 200 hours. 17%
    C.  201 to 300 hours. 15%
    D.  301 to 400 hours. 22%
    E.  401 to 500 hours. 23%
    F.  Over 500 hours. 21%

  11. After you gain the appropriate experience, do you plan on being certified by a pet grooming association?

    A.  No 32%
    B.  Yes 68%

  12. Have you talked any pet groomer employees or pet grooming business owners about your career plans?

    A.  Yes 59%
    B.  No 41%

  13. Do you plan to work as a pet grooming employee or open a pet grooming business where you live now, or will you be relocating?

    A.  I will remain in the area where I presently am. 85%
    B.   I plan to move out of my area. 15%

  14. How far would you relocate to open your pet grooming business or to accept a great pet grooming job offer?

    A.  I will not relocate out of my present area. 30%
    B.  I am willing to relocate up to 50 miles away from my present area. 64%
    C.  I am willing to relocate up to 500 miles away from my present area. 10%
    D.  I am willing to relocated over 500 miles away from my present area. 2%

  15. Are you willing to accept less income to enter the pet grooming industry where? For example, you may be quitting a $40,000 a year job to start a new career in pet grooming earning less than $25,000 the first year.

    A.   No, I will not accept a pay loss to enter the pet grooming industry. 19%
    B.   Yes, I am willing to accept a pay loss to enter the pet grooming industry. 81%

  16. Which of the following skills is the most important one to you to learn?

    A.  Dog grooming (non-show). 92%
    B.  Cat grooming. 6%
    C.  Professional show grooming. 1%
    D.  Other animal grooming. 1%

  17. If you are planning to be self-employed as a pet groomer, will you first write a business plan?

    A.  Yes 51%
    B.  No 33%
    C.  I do not know what a business plan is. 16%

  18. Which grooming business book (not how-to groom - but how to run and manage) do you already own?

    A.  The Art and Business of Pet Grooming by Dorothy Walin. 0%
    B.   From Problems to Profits - The Madson Management System for Pet Grooming Businesses by Madeline Bright Ogle, PhD. 97%
    C.  Other. 3%

  19. In the next year (after graduation if you are in school now), how much do you plan to spend for small tools and equipment such as clippers, scissors, blades, nail clippers and similar small grooming tools?

    A.  Under $500 7%
    B.  $501 to $1,000 29%
    C.  $1,001 to $1,500 37%
    D.  $1,501 to $2,000 20%
    E.  Over $2,000 7%

  20. In the next year (after graduation if you are in school now), how much do you plan to spend for larger equipment like a bathing system, dryers, grooming tables, bathing tubs, pet lifts or ramps, and other similar large grooming equipment. (Do not include mobile grooming vans here.)

    A.  Under $1,000 4%
    B.  $1,000 to $2,000 42%
    C.  $2,001 to $3,000 49%
    D.  $4,001 to $5,000 4%
    E.  Over $5,000 1%

  21. Would you be interested in taking career management and business courses in pet grooming via the Internet? (not how to groom, but how to better manage your business and career).

    A.  Yes 85%
    B.  No 15%

  22. Have you purchased how-to groom books and videos, or plan to soon?

    A.  Yes 91%
    B.  No 9%

  23. At present, pet grooming is not a formally licensed profession in any state of the U.S.A. Do you favor vocational licensing of this profession? (Webmaster note: more info on this topic is available by taking the Licensing and Certification links on the PetGroomer.com Home Page).

    A.  Yes 91%
    B.  No 9%

  24. In the next year (after graduation if you are in school now), how much do you plan to spend for grooming supplies (not equipment or tools) but things like shampoos, conditioners, ear powders, ointments, bows and ribbon, cleansers, etc.)

    A.  Under $500 4%
    B.  $500 to $1,000 64%
    C.  $1,001 to $1,500 21%
    D.  $1,501 to $2,000 9%
    E.  Over $2,000 2%

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