Veterinarians one of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S.

April 27, 2012

While gaining a well-rounded education and exploring new academic territory is an important and exciting aspect of the college experience, the next four years of your life should also mark the start of a gainful career path. College tuition is already at the most expensive point it has even been, and it's climbing steadily every year - meaning you'll need a decent job in addition to scholarships in order to afford your degree.

If you love working with animals and have considered making this passion part of your career goals, you're in luck - veterinarians are one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As based on the job outlook for 2010 through 2020, the BLS predicts a 36 percent gain - meaning approximately 22,000 new jobs.

While you will need to pursue a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine as well as obtaining a state license to practice, working as a veterinarian is a rewarding opportunity for animal lovers. This position also opens up significant financial opportunities. The government source reports that the median annual wage for veterinarians was $82,040 in 2010, which is nearly $40 per hour.

If you're looking to jump on board one of America's rapidly expanding industries, consider becoming a veterinarian.

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