Elkhart, IN (population: 52,987) has twenty-six dog training schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Saint Mary's College, the highest ranked school in this group with a dog training program, has a total student population of 1,664. It is the 185th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Dog Training students from Elkhart 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.
Elkhart lies in Elkhart county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the Columbus area has 41,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.9% unemployment rate, $19.74/hr average worker wage, and a $41,060 average annual salary.
Of the 26 dog training schools with a 100-mile radius of Elkhart, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Everest Institute-Grand Rapids comes out as the most expensive ($27,624/yr) for dog training students, with Marion Community Schools Tucker Career & Technology as the lowest, reported at only $2,676/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Elkhart|
|Notre Dame||IN||-||1||49.129||10||14.0 miles|
|South Bend||IN||103,173||4||21.2634||164||15.5 miles|
|Michigan City||IN||-||1||15.3669||17||47.8 miles|
|North Manchester||IN||-||1||55.0629||70||48.8 miles|
|Battle Creek||MI||51,817||3||15.2077||137||56.8 miles|
|Fort Wayne||IN||253,250||14||20.2986||342||60.8 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||80.8 miles|
|Spring Arbor||MI||-||1||60.8655||91||81.1 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||84.8 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||87.1 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||88.4 miles|
|Grand Rapids||MI||193,337||12||26.8368||469||89.3 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||90.3 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||91.9 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||94.4 miles|