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Veterinary Technologists and Technicians In Demand

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 profit89.19%
  2. Private, not for profit4.70%
  3. Self-employed3.06%
  4. State and local government2.47%
  5. Federal government0.56%

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

Industry areas

  • Health Science

Job Outlook

Projected Job Growth (2022 - 2032)
+21%
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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$38,240

State-by-state Salary

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$50,130
$23,680
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Education & Interests

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%

PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS

You may find this career fulfilling if you consider yourself to be:

  • Realistic — You have an interest in physically working with equipment, materials or structures.
  • Investigative — You have an interest in studying and researching objects, organisms, and other things.

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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

Knowledge

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

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