April 28, 2010
Evaluation: A Veterinary Technician Career
For many years I have struggled with a career choice. I have known for quite some time that I wanted to do something with animals but I wasn’t sure what that was. When I began my freshman year in college I was on the line of whether I wanted to be a full on Veterinarian or get a degree as a Veterinary Technician. Now, with the end of my freshman year approaching, I have decided to be a Veterinary Technician. Although some believe that a career as a Veterinarian is better, I believe a career as a Veterinary Technician is good because salaries are decent, it doesn’t require as much schooling, and helping animals is very satisfying to animal lovers like me.
One reason for my decision to become a Veterinary Technician is the salary. Although I’ve never made money my top priority, I know that I must be practical in supporting myself financially in the future. Veterinary Technician salaries are competitive; depend on the kind of practice I will work in, and in what region of the country I will be working. In 2003, a survey yielded that the average salary for a Veterinary Technician at a little over $30,000 a year. That was 7 years ago and salaries have since increased and are projected to keep doing so. A career as a veterinary technician is also very secure. The demand for people trained in veterinary medicine is high and is projected to skyrocket in the future. Many people across the nation have all different kinds of animals and are need of care for them.
Another reason I am choosing a career as a veterinary technician is because I will not have to go to school for as long as I would to become a veterinarian. A veterinarian goes to a regular university for 4 years and then spends another 4 years in veterinary medical school. That’s a total of 8 years! A veterinary technician has the option of getting either a 2 year or 4 year degree. Whatever I choose I will never be...