Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has two animal behavior schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Oregon State University, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal behavior program, has a total student population of 21,950. It is the 1117th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Animal Behavior students from Portland 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 Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 710 employed zoologists and wildlife biologists earning an average salary of $68,770. Animal trainers in this area earn $21,530/yr and there are 80 employed.
Portland lies in Clackamas county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.078 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by animal trainers, and 0.717/1000 are held by zoologists and wildlife biologists.
Of the 2 animal behavior schools with a 100-mile radius of Portland, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Oregon State University comes out as the most expensive ($12,738/yr) for animal behavior students, with Linn-Benton Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,982/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portland|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||12.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||71.8 miles|