Charlotte, NC (population: 723,514) has five veterinary assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Newberry College, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary assistant program, has a total student population of 1,103. It is the 611th highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of South Carolina (#1 is Clemson University).
Veterinary Assistant students from Charlotte 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 Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area alone, there are 690 employed veterinary technologists and technicians earning an average salary of $27,710. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers in this area earn $23,570/yr and there are ** employed.
Charlotte lies in Mecklenburg county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area has 837,820 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.10/hr average worker wage, and a $43,890 average annual salary. Thus, about ** out of every 1000 jobs in Charlotte are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers, and 0.825/1000 are held by veterinary technologists and technicians.
Of the 5 veterinary assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Charlotte, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Newberry College comes out as the most expensive ($16,984/yr) for veterinary assistant students, with Central Carolina Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,918/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Charlotte|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||21.3 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||70.4 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||71.3 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||88.7 miles|