Tucson, AZ (population: 551,067) has two veterinary assistant schools within its city limits. Pima Medical Institute, the highest ranked school in the city with a veterinary assistant program, has a total student population of 1,198. It is the 2683rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 27th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Veterinary Assistant students from Tucson schools who go on to become veterinary assistants, veterinary technicians, veterinarian assistants, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 71,350 people working as veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $23,400. Also, Veterinary technologists and technicians make on average $30,580 per year and there are about 79,200 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Tucson area alone, there are 390 employed veterinary technologists and technicians earning an average salary of $27,400. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers in this area earn $19,160/yr and there are 220 employed.
Tucson lies in Pima county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Tucson area has 362,000 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $40,870 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Tucson are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers, and 1/1000 are held by veterinary technologists and technicians.
Of the 2 veterinary assistant schools in Tucson, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Pima Medical Institute comes out as the most expensive ($16,362/yr) for veterinary assistant students, with Pima Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,259/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Tucson|
|Sierra Vista||AZ||44,234||0||-||0||55.0 miles|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||68.8 miles|