Veterinarian Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 79,600 Veterinarians in the United States. The Veterinarian job market is expected to grow by 18.8% between 2016 and 2026.

Veterinarian Employability Rating

C Sokanu rates Veterinarians with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 16,600 Veterinarians. That number is based on 15,000 additional Veterinarians, and the retirement of 1,600 existing Veterinarians.

Demand for Veterinarians

Demand for veterinarians is expected to grow due to rising incomes and the increase in the number of people aged 34 to 59, historically the highest pet owner demographic. The rise in pet insurance purchases indicates that pet owners also may be willing to pay for more elective and intensive care than in the past. In addition, demand for veterinarians is growing as a result of the ongoing development of scientific methods of breeding and raising livestock, poultry, and fish. The prominence of environmental and public health initiatives and disease control programs is also contributing to the need for more veterinary professionals in the areas of aquaculture and food animal practice. Specialists in animal toxicology, laboratory medicine, and pathology are projected to be in high demand in metropolitan areas. Competition will continue to be stiff. First-year enrolments in veterinary schools have increased slightly and the number of students in graduate-degree and board certification programs has risen dramatically. Job candidates with specializations should have the best job opportunities.

Supply of Veterinarians

The Veterinarian industry is not particularly concentrated in any state.

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