If the great recession has spelled doom for traditional employment sectors like manufacturing and construction, that doesn’t mean that new jobs across the board are nowhere to be found. Via Meadia has looked into new growth in many unconventional job fields; today the New York Times profiles another: veterinary medicine:
Dr. Suter, at North Carolina State, has performed bone-marrow transplants on 65 dogs, with 10 more now on the waiting list. Many veterinarians offer hospice care, too, mapping out a treatment plan that lets a pet spend the remainder of its life at home, its pain eased through a program of palliative care.
In my father’s childhood, people shot their dogs when they got sick. In my childhood, we took them to the vet to have them put down. Now they get bone marrow transplants.
Like all infant industries, pet health care on this scale is developing and will develop further as the economy changes, but it’s just another of the many new niche industries with the potential to offer good pay at many different skill levels.
And advanced care for pets is just one of the many needs and must-haves of the 21st century. “Man is such a wanting animal,” wrote Thomas Carlyle. Don’t worry; as old jobs disappear or are eaten by machines, new ones will appear.