Virginia Beach, VA (population: 439,564) has forty animal behavior schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Duke University, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal behavior program, has a total student population of 14,350. It is the 15th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of North Carolina.
Animal Behavior students from Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 90 employed zoologists and wildlife biologists earning an average salary of $50,300. Animal trainers in this area earn $44,730/yr and there are ** employed.
Virginia Beach lies in Virginia Beach county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about ** out of every 1000 jobs in Virginia Beach are held by animal trainers, and 0.129/1000 are held by zoologists and wildlife biologists.
Of the 40 animal behavior schools with a 500-mile radius of Virginia Beach, only 22 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 Ulster County Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,664/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Virginia Beach|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||35.1 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||90.3 miles|