Bellevue, WA (population: 128,225) has twenty-two dog training schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Washington-Seattle Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a dog training program, has a total student population of 45,943. It is the 26th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Washington.
Dog Training students from Bellevue 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 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area alone, there are 710 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $26,060. Animal trainers in this area earn $37,230/yr and there are 100 employed.
Bellevue lies in King county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area has 1,404,710 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $25.60/hr average worker wage, and a $53,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.073 out of every 1000 jobs in Bellevue are held by animal trainers, and 0.502/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 22 dog training schools with a 100-mile radius of Bellevue, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Western Washington University comes out as the most expensive ($12,228/yr) for dog training students, with Cascadia Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,627/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Bellevue|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||21.8 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||32.2 miles|