Gastonia, NC (population: 75,340) has eighteen dog training schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Queens University of Charlotte, the highest ranked school in this group with a dog training program, has a total student population of 2,568. It is the 407th highest ranked school in the USA and the 16th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Dog Training students from Gastonia 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. In fact, in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area alone, there are ** employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $23,570. Animal trainers in this area earn $32,270/yr and there are 30 employed.
Gastonia lies in Gaston county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area has 837,820 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.10/hr average worker wage, and a $43,890 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.039 out of every 1000 jobs in Gastonia are held by animal trainers, and **/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 18 dog training schools with a 100-mile radius of Gastonia, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Carolinas College of Health Sciences comes out as the most expensive ($31,017/yr) for dog training students, with Montgomery Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,315/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Gastonia|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||22.9 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||74.4 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||78.5 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||82.9 miles|