Bastrop, LA has three animal care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Louisiana Tech University, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal care program, has a total student population of 11,264. It is the 2023rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 26th highest in the state of Louisiana (#1 is Tulane University of Louisiana).
Animal Care students from Bastrop 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.
Bastrop lies in Morehouse county, which is one of the 46 counties in Louisiana. Overall, the Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area has 81,050 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.2% unemployment rate, $15.43/hr average worker wage, and a $32,090 average annual salary.
Of the 3 animal care schools with a 100-mile radius of Bastrop, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Louisiana Tech University comes out as the most expensive ($8,988/yr) for animal care students, with Hinds Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,143/yr.