Jacksonville, FL (population: 822,401) has five animal care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Florida, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal care program, has a total student population of 50,691. It is the 615th highest ranked school in the USA and the 20th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Animal Care students from Jacksonville 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. In fact, in the Jacksonville area alone, there are 260 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $21,900. Animal control workers in this area earn $28,930/yr and there are 70 employed.
Jacksonville lies in Duval county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Jacksonville area has 581,450 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Jacksonville are held by animal control workers, and 0/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 5 animal care schools with a 100-mile radius of Jacksonville, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Central Florida Community College comes out as the most expensive ($10,126/yr) for animal care students, with Lake City Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,359/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Jacksonville|
|Orange Park||FL||-||3||22.5405||26||11.7 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||36.6 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||59.1 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||86.9 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||89.6 miles|