This occupation has a very high probability of automation.

86.0% probability

of automation

19.4% growth

projected to 2026

83,800 employed

currently in the US

$26,810 annual wage

US, median ($12.89 hourly)

What they do

Feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine post-operative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists. Excludes "Nonfarm Animal Caretakers" (39-2021).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 86.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 495 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 83,800 people have this job. They earn $26,810 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $2,246,678,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $12.89.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 19.4% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 100,000 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).