Jersey City, NJ (population: 242,594) has fifteen veterinary assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Johnson College, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary assistant program, has a total student population of 411. It is the 302nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 27th highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Veterinary Assistant students from Jersey City 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 New York-White Plains-Wayne-NJ Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,630 employed veterinary technologists and technicians earning an average salary of $36,200. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers in this area earn $29,020/yr and there are 1,110 employed.
Jersey City lies in Hudson county, which is one of the 11 counties in New Jersey. Overall, the New York-White Plains-Wayne-NJ Metropolitan area has 5,063,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.4% unemployment rate, $27.05/hr average worker wage, and a $56,250 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.220 out of every 1000 jobs in Jersey City are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers, and 0.322/1000 are held by veterinary technologists and technicians.
Of the 15 veterinary assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Jersey City, only 6 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Harcum College comes out as the most expensive ($22,064/yr) for veterinary assistant students, with Camden County College as the lowest, reported at only $3,258/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Jersey City|
|North Bergen||NJ||59,771||0||-||0||5.8 miles|
|West New York||NJ||47,282||1||33.6373||6||5.9 miles|
|Long Island City||NY||-||4||18.9499||59||6.3 miles|
|New York City||NY||8,459,026||86||26.2632||1,528||6.9 miles|
|Jackson Heights||NY||-||1||28.2916||7||9.7 miles|
|Staten Island||NY||-||3||40.1655||127||9.9 miles|
|Rego Park||NY||-||1||27.7974||9||10.4 miles|
|South Orange||NJ||-||1||63.933||113||10.9 miles|
|West Orange||NJ||49,330||0||-||0||11.9 miles|
|West Paterson||NJ||-||1||20.7455||20||14.3 miles|
|Fresh Meadows||NY||-||1||41.5392||2||14.8 miles|