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Veterinarian Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 78,300 Veterinarians in the United States. The Veterinarian job market is expected to grow by 8.9% between 2014 and 2024.

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 19,000 Veterinarians. That number is based on 6,900 additional Veterinarians, and the retirement of 12,000 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 concentrated in California, Texas, and Florida.

Veterinarian Job Market by State

State name Employed Veterinarians
California 6,010
Texas 4,310
Florida 3,570
New York 3,120
Pennsylvania 2,750
North Carolina 2,690
Illinois 2,640
Virginia 2,520
Ohio 2,470
Michigan 2,160
Georgia 2,040
Colorado 1,930
Massachusetts 1,630
Wisconsin 1,620
New Jersey 1,530
Washington 1,520
Minnesota 1,460
Arizona 1,450
Missouri 1,360
Maryland 1,330
Tennessee 1,300
Oregon 1,240
Indiana 1,220
Iowa 1,120
South Carolina 960
Kentucky 940
Alabama 860
Oklahoma 830
Connecticut 780
Louisiana 760
Kansas 760
Nebraska 710
Nevada 580
Arkansas 540
Mississippi 470
Idaho 450
New Mexico 400
Utah 390
New Hampshire 370
Montana 370
Maine 350
West Virginia 280
Vermont 270
South Dakota 230
North Dakota 210
Rhode Island 210
Delaware 200
Wyoming 180
Alaska 170
Puerto Rico 100
District of Columbia 100

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