Fresno, CA (population: 490,930) has two animal care schools within its city limits. California State University-Fresno, the highest ranked school in the city with an animal care program, has a total student population of 21,500. It is the 1796th highest ranked school in the USA and the 159th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Animal Care students from Fresno schools who go on to become animal care supervisors, veterinarians, animal trainers, animal behavioralists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 15,320 people working as animal control workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $33,560. Also, Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers make on average $23,400 per year and there are about 71,350 of them employed in the US today.
Fresno lies in Fresno county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Fresno area has 323,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,460 average annual salary.
Of the 2 animal care schools in Fresno, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, San Joaquin Valley College-Fresno comes out as the most expensive ($16,416/yr) for animal care students, with California State University-Fresno as the lowest, reported at only $5,579/yr.
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