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Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers (31-9096)

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).
Employment and Job Openings
EmploymentAverage Annual Openings
2018 Estimate2028 ProjectionPercent ChangeLabor Force ExitsOccupation TransfersTotal
Alaska 265 333 25.66 16 32 55
United States 92200 109800 0.0 5500 10800 18100
Job Outlook for Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is robust with moderate employment opportunities.
2020 Wages
Mean WageWage by Percentile
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
United States 14.89 10.37 12.20 14.39 17.26 19.75
Alaska 16.21 11.40 12.93 15.97 18.71 21.68
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 15.97 11.12 12.08 15.41 19.15 22.99
Fairbanks North Star Borough 15.03 11.54 12.94 15.10 17.50 18.93
Balance of State 17.97 12.81 14.65 17.39 19.55 24.82

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.