Atlanta, GA (population: 571,861) has three animal behavior schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Georgia, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal behavior program, has a total student population of 34,885. It is the 38th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Animal Behavior students from Atlanta 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 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area alone, there are 180 employed zoologists and wildlife biologists earning an average salary of $48,840. Animal trainers in this area earn $26,200/yr and there are 70 employed.
Atlanta lies in Fulton county, which is one of the 106 counties in Georgia. Overall, the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area has 2,290,890 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $45,520 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Atlanta are held by animal trainers, and 0/1000 are held by zoologists and wildlife biologists.
Of the 3 animal behavior schools with a 100-mile radius of Atlanta, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Berry College comes out as the most expensive ($18,179/yr) for animal behavior students, with University of Georgia as the lowest, reported at only $9,224/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Atlanta|
|East Point||GA||43,748||1||19.2965||19||6.9 miles|
|North Atlanta||GA||51,827||0||-||0||8.6 miles|
|Mount Berry||GA||-||1||63.3969||60||56.4 miles|
|Toccoa Falls||GA||-||1||28.3429||33||83.8 miles|
|Rock Spring||GA||-||1||1.08982||0||87.3 miles|
|Fort Valley||GA||-||1||21.9471||51||89.0 miles|
|Warner Robins||GA||64,183||3||21.3509||61||91.8 miles|
|Phenix City||AL||-||1||9.50663||23||95.3 miles|