Ocala, FL (population: 57,520) has two animal care schools within its city limits. Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center, the highest ranked school in the city with an animal care program, has a total student population of 540. It is the 2375th highest ranked school in the USA and the 111th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Animal Care students from Ocala 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.
Ocala lies in Marion county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Ocala area has 94,200 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $17/hr average worker wage, and a $35,760 average annual salary.
Of the 2 animal care schools in Ocala, none 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 Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center as the lowest, reported at only $8,208/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Ocala|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||57.5 miles|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||59.5 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||61.4 miles|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||62.9 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||65.2 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||68.0 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||69.2 miles|
|Orange Park||FL||-||3||22.5405||26||72.2 miles|
|New Port Richey||FL||-||2||22.9424||46||74.6 miles|
|Pinellas Park||FL||46,971||2||19.8178||18||98.5 miles|