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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

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In Summary - Dog Groomer

Dog groomers are involved in advising owners on caring for their dogs. They groom and trim dogs. They may clip the dog's claws and clean their teeth and ears.

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The Work - Dog Groomer

Dog groomers are also known as canine beauticians, dog clippers or trimmers. They keep dogs in good condition by washing, brushing, clipping and scissoring their coats.  
The groomer usually starts by clipping with electric clippers or stripping, using a stripping knife. The coat may be cut in a particular style, according to the breed. Poodles, for example, are often closely clipped around the face, feet and tail but their coats are allowed to grow longer around the legs.  
Afterwards the dog is shampooed, rinsed and dried with an electric hairdryer. The groomer brushes or combs the coat and gives it a final trim with scissors.  
Dog groomers also clip claws, clean teeth and ears and treat dogs for parasites, such as fleas.

Dog Grooming jobs are often advertised on the website of the Irish Professional Dog Grooming Association

Interests - Dog Groomer

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.


Practical hand skills are required for clipping and trimming. You must like dogs and be able to handle them gently and patiently. You should be prepared to spend most of your time standing. You should be comfortable working alone. This type of work may be unsuitable for people with skin allergies as it will involve handling detergents and chemicals.

Entry Requirements - Dog Groomer

Pay & Salary - Dog Groomer

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €18k - €22k

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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

Labour Market Updates - Dog Groomer

Employment figures for this occupation are too small to report and derive any analysis.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

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