South Dakota contains two schools that offer animal care programs. South Dakota State University, the highest-ranking animal care school in SD, has a total student population of 12,376 and is the 1603rd highest ranked school in America.
Of the 2 animal care schools in South Dakota, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, South Dakota State University comes out as the most expensive ($11,748/yr), with National American University-Rapid City as the lowest recorded at only $11,520/yr.
Animal Care students from South Dakota 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 South Dakota alone, there are 180 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average yearly salary of $18,800. Animal control workers in this state earn $25,220/yr and there are 40 employed.
Also, within the animal care schools in South Dakota, the average student population is 1,780 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1. Aside from animal care, there are 1098 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 1,143 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $6,336, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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