Surprise, AZ (population: 104,876) has two animal behavior schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Prescott College, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal behavior program, has a total student population of 1,119. It is the 521st highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Animal Behavior students from Surprise schools who go on to become animal behavioralists, animal trainers, dog trainers, animal scientists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 10,080 people working as animal trainers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $31,080. Also, Zoologists and wildlife biologists make on average $60,670 per year and there are about 17,460 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 180 employed zoologists and wildlife biologists earning an average salary of $50,000. Animal trainers in this area earn $23,220/yr and there are 150 employed.
Surprise lies in Maricopa county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Surprise are held by animal trainers, and 0/1000 are held by zoologists and wildlife biologists.
Of the 2 animal behavior schools with a 100-mile radius of Surprise, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Prescott College comes out as the most expensive ($25,284/yr) for animal behavior students, with Prescott College as the lowest, reported at only $25,284/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Surprise|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||66.3 miles|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||68.0 miles|