Crete, NE has three animal care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal care program, has a total student population of 24,100. It is the 840th highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Nebraska (#1 is University of Nebraska at Kearney).
Animal Care students from Crete 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.
Crete lies in Saline county, which is one of the 40 counties in Nebraska. Overall, the Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area has 47,920 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $15.44/hr average worker wage, and a $32,110 average annual salary.
Of the 3 animal care schools with a 100-mile radius of Crete, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Vatterott College-Spring Valley Campus comes out as the most expensive ($16,595/yr) for animal care students, with Iowa Western Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,974/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Crete|
|Council Bluffs||IA||59,918||3||15.2545||57||71.5 miles|
|Grand Island||NE||47,293||1||18.9094||48||76.7 miles|