Opelousas, LA has three 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 Opelousas 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 Iberia nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 90 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $28,140. Animal control workers in this area earn $21,800/yr and there are 30 employed.
Opelousas lies in St. Landry county, which is one of the 46 counties in Louisiana. Overall, the New Iberia nonmetropolitan area has 138,730 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.6% unemployment rate, $17.04/hr average worker wage, and a $35,450 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.242 out of every 1000 jobs in Opelousas are held by animal control workers, and 0.661/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 3 animal care schools with a 100-mile radius of Opelousas, only 1 has 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 Opelousas|
|Baton Rouge||LA||221,091||22||23.4771||270||57.0 miles|
|Lake Charles||LA||71,903||5||21.6002||139||70.4 miles|
|Morgan City||LA||-||1||15.3517||26||77.9 miles|