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

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 261292 11.93 69
United States 73,40080,000 9.0660 1,5302,190

Job outlook

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


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 12.898.9110.18 12.1414.6418.18
Alaska 14.7710.1412.33 14.0016.5120.38
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 13.5110.1511.61 13.3814.8517.21

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
31970 21.916.0 12.1
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation87
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation3
UI claimants previously working in occupation14
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 174
Number of job position postings 6
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 29.0

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