Where do I go from here?
California, Texas, Florida, New York post the most new jobs annually
Feb 01, 2006
NATIONAL REPORT — Where are the jobs in veterinary medicine?
The answer: They're everywhere. It's not a sixth sense. State employment agencies, Occupational Employment Statistics surveys, employment demographers and the Bureau of Labor Statistics studies show veterinary medicine will grow about 25 percent during the next five years, making it the 91st fastest growing profession through 2012, according to Career InfoNet.
"As pets are increasingly viewed as a member of the family, pet owners will be more willing to spend on advanced veterinary medical care, creating further demand for veterinarians," the book adds.
Inside, outside the beltway
Although roughly 90 percent of graduating veterinarians enter private practice, Washington, Atlanta and cities that house state public health agencies promise to welcome new employees as the job outlook for veterinarians remains robust in emerging public health and food production sectors, according to Dr. Andrew Maccabe, associate executive director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.
"The work force that is in public health is starting to retire at pretty high rates, so we need to ensure students who are in veterinary school and younger are turned on to other things that veterinarians do (besides private practice)," says Nina Marano, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ACVPM, associate director of veterinary public health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Infectious Disease. "The shortages that are projected over the coming years are not only to fill current spots, but because of the growth in the need for public health positions, too."
While avian flu, SARS, bovine spongiform encephalopathy and West Nile virus continue to make worldwide headlines, veterinary positions in infectious disease and food production will continue to grow, experts say.