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29-1131.00 - Veterinarians

Diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.

Sample of reported job titles: Associate Veterinarian, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Emergency Veterinarian, Equine Vet (Equine Veterinarian), Mixed Animal Veterinarian, Small Animal Veterinarian, Staff Veterinarian, Veterinarian (VET), Veterinary Medicine Doctor (DVM), Veterinary Surgeon

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Tasks

  • Examine animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Treat sick or injured animals by prescribing medication, setting bones, dressing wounds, or performing surgery. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect body tissue, feces, blood, urine, or other body fluids for examination and analysis. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inoculate animals against various diseases such as rabies or distemper. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Counsel clients about the deaths of their pets or about euthanasia decisions for their pets. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate diagnostic equipment, such as radiographic or ultrasound equipment, and interpret the resulting images. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Advise animal owners regarding sanitary measures, feeding, general care, medical conditions, or treatment options. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Educate the public about diseases that can be spread from animals to humans. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attend lectures, conferences, or continuing education courses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Establish or conduct quarantine or testing procedures that prevent the spread of diseases to other animals or to humans and that comply with applicable government regulations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Euthanize animals. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Train or supervise workers who handle or care for animals. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Research diseases to which animals could be susceptible. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan or execute animal nutrition or reproduction programs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform administrative or business management tasks, such as scheduling appointments, accepting payments from clients, budgeting, or maintaining business records. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct postmortem studies and analyses to determine the causes of animals' deaths. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect and test horses, sheep, poultry, or other animals to detect the presence of communicable diseases. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide care to a wide range of animals or specialize in a particular species, such as horses or exotic birds. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drive mobile clinic vans to farms so that health problems can be treated or prevented. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct the overall operations of animal hospitals, clinics, or mobile services to farms. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Specialize in a particular type of treatment, such as dentistry, pathology, nutrition, surgery, microbiology, or internal medicine. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine the effects of drug therapies, antibiotics, or new surgical techniques by testing them on animals. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect animal housing facilities to determine their cleanliness and adequacy. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air rifles or air handguns — Capture rifles; Dart guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Amalgam carriers — Dental amalgam carriers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Angiography contrast medium delivery set — Angiography catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Animal catching devices — Animal catching poles; Animal snares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Animal husbandry equipment — Cattle chutes; Dehorners; Hoof picks; Hoof testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Animal shearing or clipping equipment — Electric animal clippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Animal weighing scales — Electronic animal scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Arterial line catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Semiautomated or automatic external defibrillators AED See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Autopsy chisels or osteotomes — Osteotomes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bandage scissors or its supplies — Bandage scissors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bar code reader equipment — Barcode scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Benchtop centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Optical compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blood collection syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blood gas analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories — Cardiac monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes — Echocardiogram equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiovascular system veterinary products — Thoracic drainage catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cast cutters or saws — Cast cutting saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemistry analyzers — Automated chemistry analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chest tube — Chest tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coagulation analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cosmetic dentistry curing lights or accessories — Visible light curing units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Crown or bridge removers — Crown pullers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cryosurgery equipment or accessories — Cryosurgery units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental amalgam carvers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental burs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental cord packers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental elevators — Periosteal elevators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental files or rasps — Dental files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental finishing or polishing discs — Prophylaxis angles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental forceps — Extraction forceps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental hand pieces or accessories — High-speed dental handpieces; Low speed dental handpieces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental impression trays — Veterinary dental impression trays See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental material pluggers or tips or accessories — Dental material pluggers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental mirrors or mirror handles — Dental examination mirrors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental mouth props — Veterinary dental mouth props See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental probes — Dental explorers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental reamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental root tip picks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental scalers or accessories — Hand scalers; Ultrasonic dental scalers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental spreaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental x ray units — Veterinary dental x ray equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment — Electrosurgery units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Endoscopic instrument sets — Arthroscopic surgical equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Endotracheal tubes — Endotracheal ET tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Enema kits or accessories — Enema equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Enteral feeding administration sets — Enteral feeding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flexible endoscopes or accessories or related products — Fiberoptic endoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Floor grade forceps or hemostats — Hemostats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Floor grade needle holders — Needle holders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Full body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanks — Veterinary immersion hydrotherapy equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas anesthesia apparatus — Veterinary anesthesia machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glucose monitors or meters — Glucometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goniometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld refractometers or polarimeters — Handheld refractometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hematology analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hemocytometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines — Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous infusion pumps for general use — Intravenous IV fluid pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous or arterial fluid warmers or accessories — Intravenous IV fluid warmers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous syringe infusion pumps — Intravenous syringe pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits — Intravenous IV administration sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory animal restraints or harnesses — Avian restrainers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory balances — Laboratory scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laparoscopes or laparoscopic telescopes — Laparoscopic equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laryngoscopes or accessories — Laryngoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lip retractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Livestock identification equipment — Tattoo equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manual or electronic hematology differential cell counters — Differential cell counters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical cine fluoroscopy equipment — Fluoroscopy units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical computed tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubes — Computed tomography CT scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical gamma cameras for general use — Gamma ray cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT three dimensional units — Image guided intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners — Magnetic resonance imaging MRI systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiation films or badges — Radiation detecting film badges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radioisotope scanners — Nuclear scintigraphy equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes — Lead aprons; Thyroid collars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiological shielding gloves — Lead gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks — Protective face shields; Surgical masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical stapler for external use — Skin staplers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical syringe with needle — Single dose syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use — Veterinary ultrasound equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical x ray darkroom equipment or supplies — X ray film processors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical x ray intensifying screens — X ray intensifying equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use — Digital x ray equipment; Portable veterinary x ray equipment; Stationary x ray equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microbiology analyzers — Automated microbial identification systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microcentrifuges — Microhematocrit centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microscope slides See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile or transportable medical linear accelerators — Linear accelerator equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multiparameter vital sign unit or accessories — Mobile multiparameter monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Muzzles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ophthalmic irrigation or aspiration supplies or accessories — Eye lavage kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ophthalmic surgical knives or blades or scissors or accessories — Ophthalmic surgical blades See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ophthalmic tonometers or accessories — Ophthalmic tonometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets — Ophthalmoscopes; Otoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthopedic splint systems — Veterinary orthopedic splints See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies — Oxygen administration equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Periodontal chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Periodontal curettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pulse oximeter units — Pulse oximeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respiratory monitoring kits or its accessories — Respiration monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Restraints — Nose tongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Resuscitation masks or accessories — Ambu bags See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Digitizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specimen collection container — Specimen collection containers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Steam autoclaves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical bone cutting forceps — Bone cutting forceps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical bone hand saws or wire saws or saw handles — Surgical bone saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical calipers or rulers — Surgical calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical chisels or gouges — Bone chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories — Dressing forceps; Sponge forceps; Staple removal forceps; Veterinary obstetrical forceps (see all 12 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical curettes or loops — Bone curettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical lasers or accessories — Laser surgery units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories — Operating microscopes; Surgical magnifiers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical mouth gags or accessories — Veterinary surgical mouth gags See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories — Battery-operated orthopedic drills; Orthopedic drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical punches or punch holder or accessories — Biopsy punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical rasps — Bone rasps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical retractors for general use — Surgical retractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical rongeurs — Bone ronguers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories — Surgical scalpels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical scissors — Mayo scissors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories — Bone marrow aspirators; Ultrasonic aspirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Suture needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling units or systems — Veterinary patient warming systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tourniquets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Treadmill exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy — Veterinary rehabilitation treadmills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning equipment — Ultrasonic instrument cleaners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Urinary catheterization kit — Urinary catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers — Evacuated blood collection tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Veterinary blood pressure testers — Ultrasonic blood pressure monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Veterinary castration instruments — Castrating knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Veterinary clinical thermometers — Digital veterinary thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Veterinary electrocardiograph ECG — Animal electrocardiograph ECG units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories — Aspiration catheters; Ear syringes; Insemination equipment; Veterinary suction equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Veterinary nail trimmers or cutters — Hoof knives; Hoof trimmers; Nail trimmers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Veterinary speculums — Veterinary oral specula; Veterinary vaginal specula See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Volumetric pipettes — Volumetric glass pipettes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — IDEXX Laboratories IDEXX VPM; Microsoft Access See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — American Data Systems PAWS Veterinary Practice Management; InformaVet ALIS-VET; Veterinary Software Publishing Advantage software; Vetport (see all 12 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Prescribe medications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop medical treatment plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate on patients to treat conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine protocols for medical procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain medical facility records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Immunize patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train medical providers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise medical support personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate health and wellness information to the public. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze medical data to determine cause of death. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Manage healthcare operations. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Telephone — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 85% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 92% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 81% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 75% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 62% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 71% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 60% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 61% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 82% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 56% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 67% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 56% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 57% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 44% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 55% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 45% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 55% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 66% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 56% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 53% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 35% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 48% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 29% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Radiation — 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 28% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 32% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Related Experience Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
Job Training Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, sports medicine physicians, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and controllers.
SVP Range (8.0 and above)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
75   Doctoral degree
23   Professional degree Help
1   Post-doctoral training

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: IR

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $42.11 hourly, $87,590 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 70,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 31,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Veterinarians external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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