Great Bend, KS has seventy-one animal care schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Denver, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal care program, has a total student population of 11,644. It is the 148th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Colorado (#1 is Colorado College).
Animal Care students from Great Bend 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 Kansas nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 450 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $20,800. Animal control workers in this area earn $25,950/yr and there are 70 employed.
Great Bend lies in Barton county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Kansas nonmetropolitan area has 444,090 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $15.63/hr average worker wage, and a $32,500 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.158 out of every 1000 jobs in Great Bend are held by animal control workers, and 1.019/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 71 animal care schools with a 500-mile radius of Great Bend, only 17 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Denver comes out as the most expensive ($31,044/yr) for animal care students, with Oklahoma Panhandle State University as the lowest, reported at only $5,434/yr.