Metairie, LA (population: 141,919) has five animal care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal care program, has a total student population of 28,643. It is the 121st highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Animal Care students from Metairie 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 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner area alone, there are 460 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $24,900. Animal control workers in this area earn $34,540/yr and there are 50 employed.
Metairie lies in Jefferson county, which is one of the 46 counties in Louisiana. Overall, the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner area has 509,460 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $18.85/hr average worker wage, and a $39,210 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.104 out of every 1000 jobs in Metairie are held by animal control workers, and 0.897/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 5 animal care schools with a 100-mile radius of Metairie, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College comes out as the most expensive ($10,923/yr) for animal care students, with Louisiana Technical College-Florida Parishes as the lowest, reported at only $1,387/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Metairie|
|New Orleans||LA||206,720||16||21.1636||643||15.7 miles|
|Baton Rouge||LA||221,091||22||23.4771||270||64.8 miles|
|Morgan City||LA||-||1||15.3517||26||65.0 miles|