Veterinary Technologists and Technicians (29-2056)

Occupation description:  Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.

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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 171206 20.56 818
United States 102,000122,400 20.03,600 5,00010,640

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 17.6311.7913.98 16.9820.4524.63
Alaska 18.8513.1914.94 18.2622.3825.74
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 19.3913.6815.85 18.8622.8126.63
Balance of State 16.5812.6313.47 14.8618.5023.08

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
19227 14.118.7 14.6
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation50
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation21
UI claimants previously working in occupation9
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 72
Number of job position postings 7
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 10.3

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

Education: Associate's degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su   (Palmer)
Veterinary Assisting OEC

Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Veterinary Assistant