Demand for Veterinary Technicians
Despite the unemployment rate and the shaky, unreliable economy, the job outlook for veterinary technicians is expected to grow at a faster than usual rate in many locations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.* This is partly because, medical advancements work in line with animals as well as humans yet the graduation rate for vet techs for years remained low. Hence, a demand has been created for veterinary technicians in growing veterinary practices and medical labs as well.
Low Number of Graduates in Past Years
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, not enough veterinary technicians were graduating from 2-yr programs. If these small class sizes continue, the limited amount of graduates may not even begin to fill the need expected in private veterinary clinics, medical labs, research facilities, and veterinary hospitals.
Increase in Medical Advancements
The increase in medical advancements is two-fold because it includes the enhancements made to both animal and human health. While such advancements will now allow you to do even more for an ailing family pet than ever before, continuing studies in the treatment of human disease will require skilled veterinary technicians who can take care of animals in a research or lab setting.
Increase in Pet Healthcare Spending
Because animal health clinics are able to do more for pet care, many pet owners are willing to spend the money for the healthcare of their furry family members. Additionally, the availability of pet healthcare insurance has aided in boosting this trend.
If you have always wanted to work with animals, this may be a good time to look into expected career opportunities for veterinary technicians in your particular area as well as veterinary training programs near you.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Veterinary Technologists and Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos183.htm (visited July 20, 2011). This is a national estimate and conditions in your location may vary.