La Crosse, WI (population: 50,893) has four dog training schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Luther College, the highest ranked school in this group with a dog training program, has a total student population of 2,519. It is the 164th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Iowa.
Dog Training students from La Crosse 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.
La Crosse lies in La Crosse county, which is one of the 34 counties in Wisconsin. Overall, the La Crosse-MN area has 70,680 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 6.1% unemployment rate, $18.15/hr average worker wage, and a $37,750 average annual salary.
Of the 4 dog training schools with a 100-mile radius of La Crosse, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Luther College comes out as the most expensive ($21,493/yr) for dog training students, with Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar as the lowest, reported at only $7,405/yr.