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Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

in Massachusetts

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).

Occupation Projection for Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

SOC
Code
Title Employment Change Average Annual Typical education needed for entry
2016 2026 Level Percent Exits Transfers Change Openings
319096  Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 1,637 1,911 274 16.74 % 102 166 27 295 High school diploma or equivalent 

Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers Projections by Industry

Industry 2016
Employment
Projected 2026 Employment Change
2016-2026
2017
Mean Annual OES Wage
Number Percent Distribution Number Percent Distribution Number Percent
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services    920  56 % 1,100  58 % 180  19 % $30,690
Educational Services    400  24 % 450  24 % 50  15 % $45,470
Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance
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