Veterinarians

General Information

Description

Diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit60.74%
  2. Self-employed30.73%
  3. Private, not for profit3.56%
  4. State and local government3.32%
  5. Federal government1.53%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of veterinarians is projected to grow 17 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 4,400 openings for veterinarians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$99,250

Military salary*

$80,190

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State-by-state Salary

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$128,910
$66,860
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Doctoral degree 79%
  • Post-doctoral training 11%
  • First professional degree 9%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Biology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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