New Bedford, MA (population: 90,869) has eight 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 New Bedford 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.
New Bedford lies in Bristol county, which is one of the 12 counties in Massachusetts. Overall, the New Bedford area has 63,420 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.2% unemployment rate, $19.66/hr average worker wage, and a $40,890 average annual salary.
Of the 8 animal care schools with a 100-mile radius of New Bedford, only 3 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 New Bedford|
|North Dartmouth||MA||-||2||13.916||82||2.1 miles|
|Fall River||MA||90,721||4||21.7318||82||9.4 miles|
|East Providence||RI||48,249||1||29.3002||11||23.7 miles|
|West Barnstable||MA||-||1||8.73914||72||29.4 miles|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||29.4 miles|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||48.0 miles|