Philadelphia, PA (population: 1,445,993) has seventeen animal care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal care program, has a total student population of 37,366. It is the 55th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of New Jersey.
Animal Care students from Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,130 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $26,220. Animal control workers in this area earn $36,260/yr and there are 90 employed.
Philadelphia lies in Philadelphia county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Philadelphia Metropolitan area has 1,832,880 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $23.24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,340 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.050 out of every 1000 jobs in Philadelphia are held by animal control workers, and 0.618/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 17 animal care schools with a 100-mile radius of Philadelphia, only 8 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Delaware Valley College comes out as the most expensive ($24,579/yr) for animal care students, with Camden County College as the lowest, reported at only $3,258/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Philadelphia|
|Willow Grove||PA||-||3||11.6322||2||9.3 miles|
|Cherry Hill||NJ||67,762||4||25.0729||31||10.3 miles|
|Saint Davids||PA||-||1||63.725||73||13.3 miles|
|Mount Laurel||NJ||-||1||24.9456||10||13.7 miles|
|North Wales||PA||-||1||28.6361||21||16.0 miles|
|New Castle||DE||-||1||19.251||66||33.4 miles|
|West Windsor||NJ||-||1||10.9855||60||33.6 miles|
|Center Valley||PA||-||2||15.5079||66||38.5 miles|
|Mays Landing||NJ||-||1||11.4678||27||44.1 miles|
|Lincoln University||PA||-||1||24.1268||75||44.6 miles|
|East Brunswick||NJ||48,086||0||-||0||47.4 miles|
|New Brunswick||NJ||52,736||2||41.2629||152||48.9 miles|
|Toms River||NJ||131,619||3||29.102||89||51.1 miles|