Veterinary Technician Job Outlook

The overall veterinary technician job outlook is expected to be very good. Veterinary technician employment is expected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

This growth is driven in part by:

  • a growing pet population
  • a willingness by the population to pay more for pet care
  • the need to replace veterinary technicians who leave the occupation
  • the limited output of qualified veterinary technicians from 2-year programs
  • an increasing use of  veterinary technicians to provide more general care and to do more laboratory work leaving veterinarians to do more specialized work

Veterinary technician job opportunities are expected to be excellent, particularly in rural areas. The number of veterinary technology programs has been growing, but rapid employment growth means that the number of positions available will continue to outpace the number of new veterinary technician graduates.

Information on this page summarized from:
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Veterinary Technologists and Technicians,

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