Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers (31-9096)

Occupation 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 post-operative 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. Excludes Nonfarm Animal Caretakers (39-2021).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 243288 18.515 2545
United States 83,800100,000 19.45,300 8,60015,530

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is strong with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 13.269.1910.57 12.5714.9818.41
Alaska 15.0010.8012.67 14.3816.9819.37
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 14.3910.0812.24 14.1416.5618.58

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
32459 18.215.2 11.2
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation95
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation7
UI claimants previously working in occupation7
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 185
Number of job position postings 5
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 37.0

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training