South Daytona, FL has seven 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 South Daytona 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.
South Daytona lies in Volusia county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach area has 155,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $17/hr average worker wage, and a $34,560 average annual salary.
Of the 7 animal care schools with a 100-mile radius of South Daytona, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Florida Institute of Animal Arts comes out as the most expensive ($18,160/yr) for animal care students, with Brevard Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,563/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from South Daytona|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||3.2 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||30.6 miles|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||33.9 miles|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||44.1 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||53.7 miles|
|Orange Park||FL||-||3||22.5405||26||81.0 miles|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||95.2 miles|