Hickory, NC (population: 42,082) has six animal care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. North Carolina A & T State University, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal care program, has a total student population of 10,614. It is the 495th highest ranked school in the USA and the 18th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Animal Care students from Hickory 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 Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area alone, there are ** employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $21,550. Animal control workers in this area earn $26,410/yr and there are 40 employed.
Hickory lies in Catawba county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area has 144,150 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $16.84/hr average worker wage, and a $35,020 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.307 out of every 1000 jobs in Hickory are held by animal control workers, and **/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 6 animal care schools with a 100-mile radius of Hickory, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Mars Hill College comes out as the most expensive ($16,366/yr) for animal care students, with North Carolina A & T State University as the lowest, reported at only $5,860/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Hickory|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||42.1 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||57.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||65.7 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||76.4 miles|