Salisbury, NC has six animal care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Duke University, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal care program, has a total student population of 14,350. It is the 15th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of North Carolina.
Animal Care students from Salisbury 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 Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 150 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $23,270. Animal control workers in this area earn $29,020/yr and there are 60 employed.
Salisbury lies in Rowan county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area has 195,830 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $15.74/hr average worker wage, and a $32,740 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.323 out of every 1000 jobs in Salisbury are held by animal control workers, and 0.756/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 6 animal care schools with a 100-mile radius of Salisbury, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Duke University comes out as the most expensive ($22,519/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 Salisbury|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||32.3 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||34.1 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||59.5 miles|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||82.4 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||85.4 miles|