Cedar Park, TX (population: 72,258) has five animal care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Texas A & M University, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal care program, has a total student population of 48,702. It is the 36th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Animal Care students from Cedar Park 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 Austin-Round Rock area alone, there are 460 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $23,840. Animal control workers in this area earn $30,150/yr and there are 100 employed.
Cedar Park lies in Travis county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Austin-Round Rock area has 769,370 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $21.72/hr average worker wage, and a $45,180 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.130 out of every 1000 jobs in Cedar Park are held by animal control workers, and 0.593/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 5 animal care schools with a 100-mile radius of Cedar Park, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia College-Austin comes out as the most expensive ($15,194/yr) for animal care students, with Palo Alto College as the lowest, reported at only $3,481/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Cedar Park|
|San Antonio||TX||1,402,013||34||23.3851||958||83.3 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||90.8 miles|