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New occupations become employment trend in China

(People's Daily Online)    15:29, November 05, 2019

Qualification tests for pet groomers are being held in the undergoing Pet Fair Asia 2015. With more people keeping pets, pet groomers have become popular as a burgeoning occupation. (Photo/Chinanews.com)

Chinese graduates are more flexibly employed today, amid the emergence of new occupations such as pet photographers, designers, Hanfu specialists, clothing sorters and pet sitters.

A report on the life service industry indicated the more than 90 percent of surveyed employees in the industry were born in the 1980s and 1990s, and about 33 percent of them are graduates from vocational schools or undergraduate courses.

He Qiyue and Zhang Tianhang are pet photographers. After obtaining master's degrees from a UK university in 2011, the couple decided to build a career by taking pictures of pets. But due to family pressure, they gave up on their dream, becoming a designer and a photographer instead.

Unhappy at work, they became part-time pet photographers and started the business by taking pet pictures for free. Gradually, the demand became so large that they couldn't complete shoots in their spare time. They both decided to quit their jobs and become professional pet photographers.

So far, they have taken pictures for more than 30,000 dogs, including strays. More importantly, they are full of passion for a career they enjoy. According to He, taking pictures of dogs can be difficult, because dogs need to be guided by people who truly understand them to cooperate in front of the camera. Zhang learned pet photography while in the UK, so he is very adept at the job.

He's photography workshop has seven photographers, five of whom own bachelor's degrees, while one has obtained a master's degree. The reason that they chose this occupation is that they all love animals and photography.

Free time, higher income, and flexible working hours are top priorities for people with high educational backgrounds when choosing a career path, the report showed.

The report also showed that the average salary of 55 percent of people involved in new professions exceeds 5,000 yuan per month. More specifically, 5.6 percent earn more than 25,000 yuan per month, 6.1 percent earn between 15,000 to 25,000 yuan per month and 12.8 percent earn between 10,000 to 15,000 yuan per month.

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