Pittsburgh, PA (population: 305,708) has four dog training schools within its city limits. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Shadyside School of Nursing, the highest ranked school in the city with a dog training program, has a total student population of 494. It is the 1052nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 92nd highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Dog Training students from Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh area alone, there are 440 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $24,590. Animal trainers in this area earn $23,740/yr and there are 60 employed.
Pittsburgh lies in Allegheny county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Pittsburgh area has 1,114,880 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.5% unemployment rate, $19.93/hr average worker wage, and a $41,450 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.056 out of every 1000 jobs in Pittsburgh are held by animal trainers, and 0.399/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 4 dog training schools in Pittsburgh, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, St Margaret School of Nursing comes out as the most expensive ($15,197/yr) for dog training students, with Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing as the lowest, reported at only $8,268/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Pittsburgh|
|New Wilmington||PA||-||1||66.0236||69||50.7 miles|
|Saint Clairsville||OH||-||2||11.9339||47||54.6 miles|
|New Philadelphia||OH||-||2||20.6614||41||77.2 miles|
|North Canton||OH||-||2||20.0373||113||80.5 miles|
|Bel Air||MD||-||2||17.834||59||84.3 miles|
|Cuyahoga Falls||OH||51,250||1||27.2194||16||95.1 miles|