Galveston, TX (population: 57,154) has four animal care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Prairie View A & M University, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal care program, has a total student population of 8,608. It is the 628th highest ranked school in the USA and the 31st highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Animal Care students from Galveston 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 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area alone, there are 1,100 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $21,260. Animal control workers in this area earn $30,600/yr and there are 190 employed.
Galveston lies in Galveston county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area has 2,563,840 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $21.58/hr average worker wage, and a $44,880 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.075 out of every 1000 jobs in Galveston are held by animal control workers, and 0.427/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 4 animal care schools with a 100-mile radius of Galveston, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Bradford School of Business comes out as the most expensive ($19,052/yr) for animal care students, with Lone Star College System as the lowest, reported at only $4,793/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Galveston|
|Texas City||TX||44,907||1||8.31197||63||11.8 miles|
|League City||TX||78,312||0||-||0||22.4 miles|
|South Houston||TX||-||1||23.7623||5||35.9 miles|
|Missouri City||TX||77,622||0||-||0||47.8 miles|
|The Woodlands||TX||101,065||1||14.626||77||72.2 miles|
|Prairie View||TX||-||1||50.8259||82||89.5 miles|