Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has two animal care schools within its city limits. Apollo College-Portland Inc, the highest ranked school in the city with an animal care program, has a total student population of 1,990. It is the 1540th highest ranked school in the USA and the 17th highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Animal Care students from Portland 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 Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 840 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $22,750. Animal control workers in this area earn $41,870/yr and there are 50 employed.
Portland lies in Clackamas county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.051 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by animal control workers, and 0.840/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 2 animal care schools in Portland, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Apollo College-Portland Inc comes out as the most expensive ($21,132/yr) for animal care students, with Portland Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,829/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portland|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||12.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||71.8 miles|