|Quick Facts: Veterinary Technologists and Technicians|
$36,850 per year
$17.72 per hour
|20% (Much faster than average)|
What Veterinary Technologists and Technicians Do
Veterinary technologists and technicians do medical tests that help diagnose animals’ injuries and illnesses.
Veterinary technologists and technicians work in private clinics, laboratories, and animal hospitals. Their jobs may be physically or emotionally demanding. Many work evenings, weekends, or holidays.
How to Become a Veterinary Technologist or Technician
Veterinary technologists and technicians must complete a postsecondary program in veterinary technology. Technologists usually need a 4-year bachelor’s degree, and technicians need a 2-year associate’s degree. Typically, both technologists and technicians must take a credentialing exam and become registered, licensed, or certified, depending on the requirements of the state in which they work.
The median annual wage for veterinary technologists and technicians was $36,850 in May 2021.
Employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 15,500 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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