Veterinary technologists and technicians

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
128k
Average Age
34.2
Estimated Job Growth
16.2%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$31,747
Average Male Salary
$35,760
Average Female Salary
$31,211

About

Veterinary technologists and technicians are most often employed by the Veterinary services industry. The average yearly wage for Veterinary technologists and technicians was $31,747 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Veterinary technologists and technicians by wage are File clerks, Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, and Data entry keyers.

Veterinary technologists and technicians are part of the Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations, along with Chiropractors, Dentists, Dietitians & nutritionists, Optometrists, Pharmacists, and 37 more.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Veterinary technologists and technicians are Hernando County PUMA, FL, St. Clair County PUMA, MI, and Strafford, Rockingham (Northern) & Carroll (Southeastern) Counties PUMA, NH. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Veterinary technologists and technicians are Citrus County PUMA, FL, Hernando County PUMA, FL, and Seat Pleasant City, Capitol Heights Town & Landover PUMA, MD.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Veterinary technologists and technicians and on wages and locations for those in the field. Veterinary services is the industry that employs the most Veterinary technologists and technicians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Veterinary technologists and technicians, by average wage, is Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing. Veterinary technologists and technicians are paid most in West Piedmont Planning District Commission PUMA, VA but are relatively concentrated in Citrus County PUMA, FL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$31,747
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,708

In 2020, Veterinary technologists and technicians earned an average of $31,747, $24,207 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

File clerks make somewhat more than Veterinary technologists and technicians while Data entry keyers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Veterinary technologists and technicians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.31
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Veterinary technologists and technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.31, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Veterinary technologists and technicians (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 technologists and technicians.

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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 technologists and technicians.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

128k
2020 Workforce
± 8,779
4.52%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 9.39%

The number of people employed as Veterinary technologists and technicians has been growing at a rate of 4.52%, from 122,430 people in 2019 to 127,958 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Veterinary technologists and technicians employed by various industries. Veterinary services employs the largest share of Veterinary technologists and technicians at  64.5%, followed by Pharmacies & drug stores with 14% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 8.64%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Veterinary technologists and technicians in the US. The average age of male Veterinary technologists and technicians in the workforce is 34.8 and of female Veterinary technologists and technicians is 34.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Veterinary technologists and technicians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

15.1k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,015
113k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 8,245

88.2% of Veterinary technologists and technicians are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Veterinary technologists and technicians.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Veterinary technologists and technicians
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

73% of Veterinary technologists and technicians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.75% of Veterinary technologists and technicians, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Veterinary technologists and technicians.

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Age by Sex

34.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.31
34.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.846

The median age of Veterinary technologists and technicians is 34.2, and Male employees are generally 0.67 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Veterinary technologists and technicians from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Veterinary technologists and technicians is Biology but a relatively high number of Veterinary technologists and technicians hold a major in Agriculture.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Veterinary Technologists and Technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Veterinary Technologists and Technicians are expected to see a growth of 16.2% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

16.2%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Veterinary Technologists and Technicians. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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