Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

5.4/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $14.39 hourly
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 57% (Robots are watching)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions
Manual Dexterity
Finger Dexterity
Social Perceptiveness
very important
quite important
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers' job openings is expected to rise 14.3% by 2030
'Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers' is expected to be a very fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers' was $29,930, or $14.39 hourly
'Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers' are paid 28.7% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed in this occupation?

As of 2020 there were 98,810 people employed as Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers.
This represents around 0.07% of the employed workforce across the United States.

Job description

Feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine postoperative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.

SOC Code: 31-9096.00

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Mona (No chance) says
Animals rely on things like scents to tell them about people. They wouldn't take to robots
Dec 04, 2020 at 04:43 PM
Jeffrey Hunt (Small chance) says
The number of companion animals is increasing steadily. Veterinary assistant requires a lot of physical handling of animals; feeding, feeling, etc. in addition to person-skills and communication skills in working with pet owners.
Aug 13, 2019 at 03:35 PM
Anon (Small chance) says
$5 bucks says my dog flips out when the angry metal thing tries to put something in its butt.
Jun 22, 2019 at 03:16 AM

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