Austin, TX (population: 792,778) has three animal behavior schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Texas A & M University, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal behavior program, has a total student population of 48,702. It is the 36th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Animal Behavior students from Austin 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 Austin-Round Rock area alone, there are ** employed zoologists and wildlife biologists earning an average salary of $54,070. Animal trainers in this area earn $28,530/yr and there are ** employed.
Austin lies in Travis county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Austin-Round Rock area has 769,370 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $21.72/hr average worker wage, and a $45,180 average annual salary. Thus, about ** out of every 1000 jobs in Austin are held by animal trainers, and **/1000 are held by zoologists and wildlife biologists.
Of the 3 animal behavior schools with a 100-mile radius of Austin, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Southwestern University comes out as the most expensive ($22,489/yr) for animal behavior students, with Texas State University-San Marcos as the lowest, reported at only $9,816/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Austin|
|Cedar Park||TX||72,258||0||-||0||14.6 miles|
|San Antonio||TX||1,402,013||34||23.3851||958||74.4 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||88.2 miles|