13. Veterinary technologists and assistants
Projected increase in 2018: 35.8 percent
Number employed in 2008: 80,000
Median pay in 2008: $28,900
Education/training: Most entry-level veterinary technicians have a 2-year associate degree from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)-accredited community college program. All states require passing a credentialing exam following coursework.
Job outlook: Veterinary technologists will enjoy excellent job opportunities due to the relatively few graduates from 4- year programs—about 500 annually.