Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers

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Total Workforce

61k

Average Age

31.5

Estimated Job Growth

19.3%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$28,861

Average Male Salary

$57,946

Average Female Salary

$23,021

About

Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers are most often employed by the Veterinary services industry. The average yearly wage for Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers was $28,861 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers by wage are Mail clerks & mail machine operators, except postal service, Gaming cage workers, and Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers are . The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers are .

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Veterinary services is the industry that employs the most Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers, by average wage, is Veterinary services. Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers are paid most in Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (Southwest) PUMA, VA but are relatively concentrated in false.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$28,861

AVERAGE SALARY

± $4,503

In 2017, Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers earned an average of $28,861, $23,204 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Gaming cage workers make somewhat more than Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers while Mail clerks & mail machine operators, except postal service make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.457

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.457, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers, by number of employees, are Veterinary services, Scientific research & development services, and Other personal services.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers, by average wage, are Veterinary services, Scientific research & development services, and Other personal services.

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Industries by Share

61k

2017 Workforce

± 6,064

24.4%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 12%

The number of people employed as Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers has been growing at a rate of 24.4%, from 49,068 people in 2016 to 61,032 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers employed by various industries. Veterinary services employs the largest share of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers at  91.6%, followed by Scientific research & development services with 1.81% and Other personal services with 1.57%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers in the US. The average age of male Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers in the workforce is 33.5 and of female Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers is 31.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers is White.

Gender Composition

10.2k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 2,480

50.8k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 5,534

83.3% of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Two or More Races

87.7% of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 4.46% of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers.

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Age by Gender

33.5

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 3.24

31.1

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.26

The median age of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers is 31.5, and Male employees are generally 2.39 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers is Agriculture but a relatively high number of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers hold a major in Agriculture.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

MOST COMMON MAJORS

MOST SPECIALIZED MAJORS

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Monitoring, and Social Perceptiveness. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers need more than the average amount of Science, Management of Financial Resources, and Management of Material Resources.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers are expected to see a growth of 19.3% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

19.3%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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