Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

General Information

Description

Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit86.67%
  2. Private, not for profit6.67%
  3. State and local government3.23%
  4. Self-employed2.68%
  5. Federal government0.65%

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 veterinary technologists and technicians is projected to grow 15 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 10,400 openings for veterinary technologists and technicians 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

$36,260

State-by-state Salary

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$48,360
$26,680
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 41%
  • Associate's degree 26%
  • Post-secondary certificate 14%
  • Some college 7%
  • Doctoral degree 5%
  • Bachelor's degree 4%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Education and Training

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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