This occupation has an extremely low probability of automation.

2.9% probability

of automation

19.9% growth

projected to 2026

102,000 employed

currently in the US

$33,870 annual wage

US, median ($16.29 hourly)

What they do

Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 2.9% likely to be automated. It ranks 106 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 102,000 people have this job. They earn $33,870 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $3,454,740,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $16.29.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 19.9% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 122,400 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).