Boston, MA (population: 610,407) has nine animal care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Connecticut, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal care program, has a total student population of 25,029. It is the 63rd highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Animal Care students from Boston 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 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy NECTA area alone, there are 760 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $33,320. Animal control workers in this area earn $39,180/yr and there are 160 employed.
Boston lies in Suffolk county, which is one of the 12 counties in Massachusetts. Overall, the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy NECTA area has 1,685,900 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $28.04/hr average worker wage, and a $58,330 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.096 out of every 1000 jobs in Boston are held by animal control workers, and 0.452/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 9 animal care schools with a 100-mile radius of Boston, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Mount Ida College comes out as the most expensive ($26,553/yr) for animal care students, with North Shore Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,134/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Boston|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||7.8 miles|
|North Andover||MA||-||1||30.19||56||25.5 miles|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||30.1 miles|
|East Providence||RI||48,249||1||29.3002||11||41.2 miles|