Projected increase in 2016: 27.6 percent
Number employed in 2006: 78,000
Median pay in 2006: $81,490
Education/training: Veterinarians must complete a four-year post-grad program to receive a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. That's no easy task — admission to veterinary school is competitive. Before practicing, veterinarians must also be licensed by the state.
Job outlook: Pet owners are increasingly seeking nontraditional services, such as preventative dental care. Advances in the field are also allowing veterinarians to offer procedures common for humans, including hip replacement, blood transfusions, and cancer treatment, creating a need for more professionals.
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