Boston, MA (population: 610,407) has five animal behavior schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Connecticut, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal behavior program, has a total student population of 25,029. It is the 63rd highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Animal Behavior students from Boston 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 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy NECTA area alone, there are 90 employed zoologists and wildlife biologists earning an average salary of $62,690. Animal trainers in this area earn $28,870/yr and there are ** employed.
Boston lies in Suffolk county, which is one of the 12 counties in Massachusetts. Overall, the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy NECTA area has 1,685,900 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $28.04/hr average worker wage, and a $58,330 average annual salary. Thus, about ** out of every 1000 jobs in Boston are held by animal trainers, and 0.053/1000 are held by zoologists and wildlife biologists.
Of the 5 animal behavior schools with a 100-mile radius of Boston, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Hampshire College comes out as the most expensive ($28,794/yr) for animal behavior students, with University of Connecticut as the lowest, reported at only $13,658/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Boston|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||7.8 miles|
|North Andover||MA||-||1||30.19||56||25.5 miles|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||30.1 miles|
|East Providence||RI||48,249||1||29.3002||11||41.2 miles|