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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 6,360
Texas 4,450
Florida 3,610
Pennsylvania 3,030
New York 3,030
Ohio 2,910
North Carolina 2,830
Illinois 2,620
Virginia 2,520
Michigan 2,080
Colorado 2,050
Georgia 1,900
Wisconsin 1,680
New Jersey 1,630
Massachusetts 1,590
Missouri 1,580
Washington 1,580
Maryland 1,540
Minnesota 1,510
Arizona 1,490
Oregon 1,370
Iowa 1,270
Tennessee 1,230
Indiana 1,180
Kentucky 1,020
Oklahoma 950
Alabama 860
South Carolina 780
Connecticut 740
Nebraska 740
Louisiana 730
Kansas 720
Arkansas 610
Nevada 490
Idaho 460
Mississippi 450
Montana 420
New Mexico 400
New Hampshire 400
Utah 360
Maine 340
West Virginia 300
Hawaii 250
South Dakota 240
North Dakota 240
Vermont 220
Delaware 200
Wyoming 200
Rhode Island 190
Alaska 190
District of Columbia 110
Puerto Rico 100

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