|Quick Facts: Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$22,040 per year
$10.60 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||73,200|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||14% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||10,400|
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers look after nonfarm animals in laboratories, animal hospitals, and clinics. They care for the well-being of animals by doing routine tasks under the supervision of veterinarians, scientists, or veterinary technologists or technicians.
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers work mainly in clinics, animal hospitals, and research laboratories. Their work may be physically or emotionally demanding.
There is no postsecondary education requirement for becoming a veterinary assistant or laboratory animal caretaker. However, most workers entering the occupation have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
The median annual wage of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers was $22,040 in May 2010.
Employment of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is expected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities are expected to be excellent.
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