Jacksonville, FL (population: 822,401) has four veterinary assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary assistant program, has a total student population of 540. It is the 2375th highest ranked school in the USA and the 111th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Veterinary Assistant students from Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville area alone, there are 590 employed veterinary technologists and technicians earning an average salary of $27,610. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers in this area earn $21,900/yr and there are 260 employed.
Jacksonville lies in Duval county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Jacksonville area has 581,450 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Jacksonville are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers, and 1/1000 are held by veterinary technologists and technicians.
Of the 4 veterinary assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Jacksonville, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Central Florida Community College comes out as the most expensive ($10,126/yr) for veterinary assistant students, with Lake City Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,359/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Jacksonville|
|Orange Park||FL||-||3||22.5405||26||11.7 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||36.6 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||59.1 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||86.9 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||89.6 miles|