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2. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

August 23, 2018

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Millennial percent of total employment: 59.0%Median age of all employees: 27.5Total employment: 61,000 (19.4% projected growth)Median annual wage: $26,140Typical entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers work under a veterinarian, laboratory animal technologist, or scientist to provide care to animals. Duties include feeding, watering, and examining pets for signs of illness or injury, as well as administering medication to animals. People in this profession usually work in labs, animal hospitals, and clinics. Unlike vets and scientists, who require an advanced degree, veterinary assistants only require a high school diploma. The projected growth rate is 19.4 percent, and there are currently 61,000 people employed in this position.

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