Houston, TX (population: 2,307,883) has two 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 Houston 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 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area alone, there are 200 employed zoologists and wildlife biologists earning an average salary of $46,150. Animal trainers in this area earn $*/yr and there are 120 employed.
Houston lies in Harris county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area has 2,563,840 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $21.58/hr average worker wage, and a $44,880 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.045 out of every 1000 jobs in Houston are held by animal trainers, and 0.079/1000 are held by zoologists and wildlife biologists.
Of the 2 animal behavior schools with a 100-mile radius of Houston, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Prairie View A & M University comes out as the most expensive ($12,343/yr) for animal behavior students, with Texas A & M University as the lowest, reported at only $11,468/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Houston|
|South Houston||TX||-||1||23.7623||5||11.9 miles|
|Missouri City||TX||77,622||0||-||0||16.5 miles|
|League City||TX||78,312||0||-||0||25.7 miles|
|The Woodlands||TX||101,065||1||14.626||77||27.6 miles|
|Texas City||TX||44,907||1||8.31197||63||35.9 miles|
|Prairie View||TX||-||1||50.8259||82||42.2 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||79.5 miles|