Nashville, TN (population: 605,197) has four animal care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Alabama A & M University, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal care program, has a total student population of 5,327. It is the 651st highest ranked school in the USA and the 7th highest in the state of Alabama (#1 is Auburn University Main Campus).
Animal Care students from Nashville 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 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin area alone, there are 560 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $20,230. Animal control workers in this area earn $29,900/yr and there are 80 employed.
Nashville lies in Davidson county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin area has 719,830 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $19.13/hr average worker wage, and a $39,790 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.107 out of every 1000 jobs in Nashville are held by animal control workers, and 0.773/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 4 animal care schools with a 100-mile radius of Nashville, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Murray State University comes out as the most expensive ($9,764/yr) for animal care students, with Columbia State Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,125/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Nashville|
|Bowling Green||KY||56,941||5||29.5084||365||58.5 miles|