Anchorage, AK (population: 283,690) has one dog training school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Alaska Vocational Technical Center has a total student population of 820. It is the 871st highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Alaska (#1 is University of Alaska Fairbanks).
Dog Training students from Anchorage schools who go on to become dog trainers, dog control officers, guide dog instructors, guide dog trainers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 10,080 people working as animal trainers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $31,080. 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.
Anchorage lies in Anchorage county, which is one of the 27 counties in Alaska. Overall, the Anchorage area has 165,640 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $49,730 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Alaska Vocational Technical Center ends up costing a student $4,090/yr.
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