Veterinary Technicians

Employment for veterinary technicians will grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Veterinary medicine is a field that is not adversely affected by the economy, so it does offer stability. The public's love for pets coupled with higher disposable incomes will encourage continued demand for workers in this occupation. There should be strong opportunities for veterinary technicians in clinics, animal hospitals, biomedical facilities, humane societies, animal control facilities, diagnostic laboratories, wildlife facilities, drug or food manufacturing companies, and food safety inspection facilities. The DOL reports that there "will also be demand for veterinary technicians in areas such as public health, food and animal safety, national disease control, and biomedical research on human health problems."  Veterinary technicians who assist veterinarians who treat farm animals will be in strong demand. Competitions for jobs in aquariums and zoos is expected to be very strong as a result of low turnover, the attractiveness of these positions, and slow growth in the construction of new facilities.


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