Salary and Labor Market

Labor Market Information
Estimated Regional Employment 2014 Entry Level  Annual  Wage      2014​ ​Median Annual Wage 2014 Projected Growth Rate    2010-20​ Projected Regional Job Opening 2010-20​
​Veterinary Technologists & Technicians 650 $22,381 ​$28,350 ​+93.5% ​+230
​Veterinary Assistants & Laboratory Animal Caretakers N/A ​$21,278 ​$27,768 ​N/A N/A
​Nonfarm Animal Caretakers ​220 $16,058 $18,034 +30.9%​ +190​
 Source: DEED Labor Market Information Office,
Ridgewater College Placement Statistics 
Number of Total Graduates /
Related Placement Rate
​2015​2014 ​2013
Veterinary Technology 50/93%​41/97% 47/86%
Source: Ridgewater College Career Services  
Ridgewater College Related Job Postings
Number of Job Postings

​2013 2012​ 2011​
​Veterinary / Animal Care 72 ​72 ​32
​Technician - Scientific Laboratory ​5 ​11 ​6
​Science - Agricultural Science ​27 ​24 ​8
​Agriculture ​173 ​191 ​96
​Science - Clinical / Medical Laboratory ​9 ​13 ​11
Source: Ridgewater College Career Services 
Past Job Postings on Ridgewater's Career Services Jobs Website for Ridgewater Graduates
      Business Name                                   Position(s)                           Location
All Pets Medicine, Surgery & Rehabilitation Clinic PA Veterinary Technician New London, Minnesota
Animal Humane Society Animal Technician Buffalo, Minnesota
Arrowhead Animal Clinic Certified Veterinary Technician  Grand Rapids, Minnesota
​Banfield Pet Hospital ​Certified Veterinary Technician ​Waite Park, Minnesota
Big Lake Area Veterinary Hospital Certified Veterinary Technician ​Big Lake, Minnesota
​Big Lake - Susitna Veterinary Hospital ​Licensed Veterinary Technician ​Wasilla, Alaska
​Cats Preferred Veterinary Hospital Certified Veterinary Technician ​Plymouth, Minnesota
​Coon Rapids Pet Hospital Veterinary Technician Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Countryside Veterinary Clinic PLLC ​Veterinary Technician Young America, Minnesota
​Covance Inc. ​Study Technician ​Greenfield, Indiana
Critter Care Pet Clinic PT Veterinary Technician Virginia, Minnesota
​Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic ​Registered Veterinary Technician Rapid City, South Dakota
Dakota Large Animal Clinic ​Veterinary Technician ​Harrisburg, South Dakota
​Edina Pet Hospital Veterinary Assistant ​Edina, Minnesota
​Evans Family Pet Care Veterinary Technician ​Marshall, Minnesota
Maryland Avenue Pet Hospital ​Veterinary Technician ​St. Paul, Minnesota
​Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital ​Veterinary Technician ​Fairbanks, Alaska
​Olivia Pet Clinic ​Veterinary Technician ​Olivia, Minnesota
​Owatonna Veterinary Services ​Veterinary Technician Owatonna, Minnesota
​Pavek Animal Hospital ​Veterinary Technician ​Hopkins, Minnesota
​Pequot Lakes Animal Hospital Certified Veterinary Technician ​Pequot Lakes, Minnesota
​Summers Ridge Veterinary Clinic ​Veterinary Technician ​Janesville, Minnesota
​Swine Vet Center Research ​Swine Research Assistant ​Gaylord, Minnesota
​Top Dog Country Club ​Canine Care Staff ​New Germany, Minnesota
​Valley City Veterinary Hospital ​Veterinary Technician ​Valley City, North Dakota
 Source: Ridgewater College Career Services   

Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.