Pet Sitters International Releases the 2012 Pet-Sitting Industry Forecast

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Industry’s climate, culture and continuing opportunities make it well-primed for growth.

A newly-released industry report from Pet Sitters International (PSI) offers encouraging news to current and would-be pet-industry entrepreneurs seeking success in the pet-care services field.

The report—2012 Pet-Sitting Industry Forecast—relies on solid market research, results from PSI’s 2011 State of the Industry Survey, the association’s collective intellectual capital and knowledge from its seventeen-year history in business. The Survey was conducted with the association’s nearly 7,000 member businesses.

Analyzing the climate, culture and continuing opportunities available in the pet-care industry, the report concludes that the industry is well-primed for growth in the upcoming year.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the employment of animal care and service workers will grow much faster than average over the 2008-2018 decade. PSI’s 2011 State of the Industry Survey found that in 2010 member businesses performed more than 18.5 million pet-sitting visits, up from 17.4 million pet-sitting visits in 2007, which supports this prediction of growth.

“This is a thriving service industry,” said PSI president Patti Moran. “Those who are succeeding in it have business savvy, maintain their educational credentials and work hard to deliver exceptional service at a competitive price.”

The 2012 Pet-Sitting Industry Forecast provides an overview of the educational resources currently available to pet-care services business owners, including pet first aid and CPR training and the PSI Certification Program. The report concludes that virtually all tools and resources needed to successfully start a professional pet-care business are either free, inexpensive or included in the cost of membership.

Founded by Patti Moran in 1994, PSI is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, representing nearly 7,000 member businesses in the United States, Canada and abroad.

PSI is offering the 2012 Pet-Sitting Industry Forecast to current and prospective pet-care professional free-of-charge at http://info.petsit.com/2012-pet-sitting-industry-forecast/. Site visitors can also access additional free resources, including the Average Pet-Sitter Salary Report and the Pet-Sitting Client Profile.

To learn more about PSI, the pet-sitting industry or to locate a PSI pet sitter in your area, visit http://www.petsit.com.

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