Blue Springs, MO (population: 57,147) has two animal care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northwest Missouri State University, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal care program, has a total student population of 7,076. It is the 1883rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 56th highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
Animal Care students from Blue Springs 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 Kansas City-KS area alone, there are 610 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $20,910. Animal control workers in this area earn $29,910/yr and there are 110 employed.
Blue Springs lies in Jackson county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.115 out of every 1000 jobs in Blue Springs are held by animal control workers, and 0.617/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 2 animal care schools with a 100-mile radius of Blue Springs, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northwest Missouri State University comes out as the most expensive ($9,471/yr) for animal care students, with Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods as the lowest, reported at only $2,865/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Blue Springs|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||9.4 miles|
|Kansas City||MO||454,520||32||15.0915||547||16.6 miles|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||17.4 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||59.0 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||85.0 miles|