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Poll: Are You Happy With Your Career Choice?

Patricia Wuest Editorial Director, NAVC

Poll: Are You Happy With Your Career Choice?
The 2019 Best Health Care Jobs from U.S. News & World Report, which analyzes data about salary, unemployment rate and stress to select the top jobs of the year in various categories, ranked veterinarians 23 out of 29 professions in the best health care jobs category. Photo: GPoint Studio/Shutterstock.com
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The 2019 Best Health Care Jobs from U.S. News & World Report, which analyzes data about salary, unemployment rate and stress to select the top jobs of the year in various categories, ranked veterinarians 23 out of 29 professions in the best health care jobs category and 64 in the overall best jobs ranking. Physician Assistant topped the Best Health Care Jobs list.

To identify professions for the rankings, U.S. News & World Report obtains data on jobs with the largest projected number of openings from 2016 to 2026, as determined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top 100 jobs tare selected for the Best Jobs analysis and rankings.

Average Americans work well into their 60s, so workers are now seeking careers that are enjoyable and fulfilling. Topping their career “need to have” lists  are working at a job with a low stress level, good work-life balance and  prospects to improve, get promoted and earn a higher salary.

We asked our Facebook fans whether they were happy in their career choice. Three-quarters of the 166 respondents indicated they were:

Are you happy with your career choice?

Posted by Today's Veterinary Practice on Saturday, November 9, 2019

The AVMA published similar job satisfaction and labor market findings. All indicators for the veterinary labor market are favorable, said Charlotte Hansen, a statistical analyst with the AVMA Veterinary Economics Division, who presented on the second day of the 2018 AVMA Economic Summit, held Oct. 22-23 in Rosemont, Illinois. “We see increases in (veterinary) salaries, veterinary unemployment is below the national level … and we have more jobs than there are applicants applying for those positions…. There are more veterinarians wanting to work fewer hours for less compensation than there are veterinarians wanting to work more hours for more compensation.” Hansen added that well-being in the profession is generally good.

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