This subject seems to find its way into a preschoolers conversations a lot. During one of these discussions, J gave us his answer:
J: So, I think I really want to be a zookeeper when I grow up.
Me: Wow! How fun! Do you know what you do for that type of job?
J: I suppose you get to pet the animals.
Me: Well, yes, but there is a lot more. You have to clean up their poop, I know that for sure. ( I said this not to discourage him, but to give an example of the truth!)
J: (with a disgusted face) Uh, maybe I won't be. Maybe I'll just be a muffler man. ;)
Me: (to give him some light) Well, you also get to feed the animals, give them baths and sometimes you get to teach them tricks!
J: Oh! Well then maybe I can do both jobs.