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15 Hottest Health Care Fields of 2010


#7 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Veterinary technologists and technicians typically conduct clinical work in a private practice under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. They often perform various medical tests and treat and diagnose medical conditions and diseases in animals. While most of these duties are performed in a laboratory setting, many are not. For example, some veterinary technicians record patients’ case histories, expose and develop x rays and radiographs, and provide specialized nursing care.

Relevant Statistics

  • Projected Need: 28,500

    Projected Growth: 36+%

    Median Wage: $28,900

Those interested in careers as veterinary technologists and technicians should take as many high school science, biology, and math courses as possible. Science courses taken beyond high school, in an associate or bachelor’s degree program, should emphasize practical skills in a clinical or laboratory setting.

There are primarily two levels of education and training for entry to this occupation: a 2-year program for veterinary technicians and a 4-year program for veterinary technologists. Employment is expected to grow much faster than average. Overall job opportunities should be excellent; however, keen competition is expected for jobs in zoos and aquariums.

More Resources:

Career Profile: Veterinary Technician
Career Guide: Veterinary Technician
Quiz: What’s Your Healthcare Dream Job?

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