Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

risk level
Based on 82 votes
by year 2032
or $21.03 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

36% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

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Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

User poll

23% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 36% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Veterinary Technologists and Technicians will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Veterinary Technologists and Technicians' job openings is expected to rise 19.6% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Veterinary Technologists and Technicians' was $43,740, or $21 per hour

'Veterinary Technologists and Technicians' were paid 9.0% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 122,000 people employed as 'Veterinary Technologists and Technicians' within the United States.

This represents around 0.08% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Veterinary Technologists and Technicians'.

Job description

Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.

SOC Code: 29-2056.00


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NE OH RVT (Low) says
Been in the field since 1980 - would like to see an AI get in some of the positions that we get in while working on patients. Don't think a lot of terrified animals will respond well. Need to be able to feel and not see what you need to do. Too much is hands or and hard to explain how you get to know when something just isn't right and despite all labs & such looking normal. Happen with my own cat - took 9 months for kidney disease to show up in his labs but knew something was off way earlier.
Apr 18, 2024 at 04:22 AM
Kiki (Low) says
There is already ai microscopes to look at skin slides for yeast and bacteria. Also for reading blood slides. Crazy
Sep 07, 2023 at 06:31 AM
Jenny (No chance) says
The sheer variety of tasks that a vet tech has to do -particularly in regard to animal handling. How on earth would you program a robot to catch a mouse that has jumped off the table and run behind some shelves? Or to bath dogs? Or to unpack deliveries? Or do animal restraint? Every animal and owner is different and needs a different approach. It is impossible to make a robot as flexible and as adaptable as God has made humans.
May 04, 2023 at 12:40 AM
Aaron (Uncertain) says
Could go either way. Doctors are using robots and AI to perform surgeries. Vets can do the same thing I suppose. AI and robots will be the new Vet techs and vet assistants. The biggest thing I see when it come to AI is a huge suppressor of wages.
Dec 03, 2019 at 09:07 PM
Joshua Myers says
It could happen. In my opinion, there are companies that care more about $$$$ than their people. For example, Tesla does replace people with robots. That's why it's very important to be careful with where you work.
Oct 04, 2022 at 08:09 PM

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