Dallas, TX (population: 1,304,930) has seven animal care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Texas Woman's University, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal care program, has a total student population of 13,338. It is the 412th highest ranked school in the USA and the 13th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Animal Care students from Dallas 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 Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area alone, there are 820 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $22,700. Animal control workers in this area earn $34,550/yr and there are 280 employed.
Dallas lies in Dallas county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area has 2,047,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.17/hr average worker wage, and a $46,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.137 out of every 1000 jobs in Dallas are held by animal control workers, and 0.399/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 7 animal care schools with a 100-mile radius of Dallas, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Tarleton State University comes out as the most expensive ($13,351/yr) for animal care students, with Cedar Valley College as the lowest, reported at only $5,816/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Dallas|
|Grand Prairie||TX||167,767||3||23.6315||22||16.1 miles|
|Flower Mound||TX||72,721||0||-||0||24.9 miles|
|North Richland Hills||TX||67,133||1||26.4697||12||26.6 miles|
|Forth Worth||TX||-||3||11.7915||4||32.4 miles|
|Fort Worth||TX||751,149||10||30.6263||324||33.3 miles|