Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

5.8/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $14.32 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 53% (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
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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers' job openings is expected to rise 19.4% by 2031
'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 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

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

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers' was $29,780, or $14.32 hourly
'Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers' are paid 34.9% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers?

As of 2021 there were 98,970 people employed as Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers within the United States.
This represents around 0.07% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers.

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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