Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers

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Total Workforce

58.6k

Average Age

31.1

Average Salary

$26,707

Average Male Salary

$40,162

Average Female Salary

$24,636

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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 $26,707 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers by wage are Bartenders, Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists, and Janitors & building cleaners.

Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers are part of the Healthcare Support Occupations, along with Home health aides, Personal care aides, Nursing assistants, Orderlies and psychiatric aides, Occupational therapy assistants & aides, and 9 more.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers are Lenawee & Hillsdale Counties PUMA, MI. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers are Lenawee & Hillsdale Counties PUMA, MI.

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 Animal production & aquaculture. Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers are paid most in Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (Southwest) PUMA, VA but are relatively concentrated in Lenawee & Hillsdale Counties PUMA, MI.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$26,707

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,794

In 2018, Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers earned an average of $26,707, $27,181 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists make somewhat more than Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers while Bartenders 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

0.336

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.336, 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

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers

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, Animal production & aquaculture, and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals.

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Industries by Share

58.6k

2018 Workforce

± 5,944

-3.92%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 14.8%

The number of people employed as Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers has been declining at a rate of -3.92%, from 61,032 people in 2017 to 58,640 people in 2018.

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  94.1%, followed by Animal production & aquaculture with 1.58% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 1.11%.

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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 33.4 and of female Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers is 30.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers is White.

Gender Composition

7.82k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 2,171

50.8k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 5,534

86.7% 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. Two or More Races

  3. Other

85.6% of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 4.35% of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers, Two or More Races 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

33.4

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 3.94

30.8

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.22

The median age of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers is 31.1, and Male employees are generally 2.67 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 Biology 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.

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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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