Philadelphia, PA (population: 1,445,993) has six animal behavior schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal behavior program, has a total student population of 37,366. It is the 55th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of New Jersey.
Animal Behavior students from Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia Metropolitan area alone, there are 30 employed zoologists and wildlife biologists earning an average salary of $60,210. Animal trainers in this area earn $25,660/yr and there are 140 employed.
Philadelphia lies in Philadelphia county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Philadelphia Metropolitan area has 1,832,880 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $23.24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,340 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.075 out of every 1000 jobs in Philadelphia are held by animal trainers, and 0.018/1000 are held by zoologists and wildlife biologists.
Of the 6 animal behavior schools with a 100-mile radius of Philadelphia, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Franklin and Marshall College comes out as the most expensive ($28,744/yr) for animal behavior students, with Delaware State University as the lowest, reported at only $10,378/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Philadelphia|
|Willow Grove||PA||-||3||11.6322||2||9.3 miles|
|Cherry Hill||NJ||67,762||4||25.0729||31||10.3 miles|
|Saint Davids||PA||-||1||63.725||73||13.3 miles|
|Mount Laurel||NJ||-||1||24.9456||10||13.7 miles|
|North Wales||PA||-||1||28.6361||21||16.0 miles|
|New Castle||DE||-||1||19.251||66||33.4 miles|
|West Windsor||NJ||-||1||10.9855||60||33.6 miles|
|Center Valley||PA||-||2||15.5079||66||38.5 miles|
|Mays Landing||NJ||-||1||11.4678||27||44.1 miles|
|Lincoln University||PA||-||1||24.1268||75||44.6 miles|
|East Brunswick||NJ||48,086||0||-||0||47.4 miles|
|New Brunswick||NJ||52,736||2||41.2629||152||48.9 miles|
|Toms River||NJ||131,619||3||29.102||89||51.1 miles|