*An advanced degree is required to become a licensed veterinarian.
A love of animals and an interest in taking care of them is a good start for someone thinking about a career in veterinary medicine. People in the field have the ability to get along with people and can make decisions quickly in emergencies.
Employment of veterinarians is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through 2026 mainly due to retirements and others who leave the labor force. Jobs as veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants are also expected to grow much faster than average through 2026.
Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary assistants in animal clinics and hospitals, U.S. government meat and poultry inspectors, disease-control workers, epidemiologists, research assistants, animal food companies.