The number of people working as Veterinarians (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 10,500 in 2018 to 12,100 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 7,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,400 a year).
- Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
- Location: Veterinarians work in many regions of Australia.
- Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.
- Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,384 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- Full-time: Many work full-time (72%, higher than the average of 66%).
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
- Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
- Gender: 61% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).
Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Veterinarians in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Veterinarians.