Illinois Veterinary Technical Schools:

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), veterinary technicians need an associate degree, which may require four to six semesters of postsecondary study. Technicians assist veterinarians with testing, such blood samples; communicate with clients; and perform other assigned tasks. In the Occupational Employment Statistics report of May 2011 employment, the BLS divides the information for the Chicago area into two parts: Chicago-Joliet-Naperville and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI, a metropolitan statistical area that includes parts of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

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The report estimates that there are 4010 technicians working in the area and the annual wages are about $29,200. The Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division, a metropolitan statistical area that includes parts of Illinois and Wisconsin, is in the same region. The statistics for that area are 240 employed with a mean annual wage of $31,620.  Here are a few of the other metropolitan areas in the report, including employment data and mean annual wages:

  • Statewide $29,340
  • Bloomington-Normal $34,730
  • Champaign-Urbana $37,930
  • Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL, a metropolitan area $28,390
  • Rockford $26,540
  • St. Louis, MO-IL, a metropolitan statistical area $30,040
  • Springfield $29,830
  • Since Illinois is a large, mainly agricultural state, the nonmetropolitan area statistics are important for veterinarian technician students. The following list is the four statistical rural areas in Illinois, including the employment information from the BLS report:

  • Northwest area $27,490
  • South area $27,750
  • West central area $23,280
  • The east central area did not list any technicians, but listed 50 veterinarians. The government's report has a margin of error because employers voluntarily participate in the bureau's survey. Students wishing to work in areas that do not list jobs should check with veterinarians and other employers in the region. Although most technicians work in animal clinics, several businesses hire veterinarian technicians, including:

  • Animal feed and drug makers and distributors
  • Diagnostic or sample analysis laboratories
  • Humane societies and rescue sanctuaries
  • Military and law enforcement canine divisions
  • Research or biomedical facilities
  • Veterinarian supply firms
  • Zoos
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