Salem, OR (population: 157,890) has four veterinary assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Apollo College-Portland Inc, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary assistant program, has a total student population of 1,990. It is the 1540th highest ranked school in the USA and the 17th highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Veterinary Assistant students from Salem 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 Salem area alone, there are 80 employed veterinary technologists and technicians earning an average salary of $30,840. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers in this area earn $25,170/yr and there are 90 employed.
Salem lies in Marion county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Salem area has 146,360 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.3% unemployment rate, $18.82/hr average worker wage, and a $39,140 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.646 out of every 1000 jobs in Salem are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers, and 0.577/1000 are held by veterinary technologists and technicians.
Of the 4 veterinary assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Salem, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Apollo College-Portland Inc comes out as the most expensive ($21,132/yr) for veterinary assistant students, with Linn-Benton Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,982/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Salem|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||36.3 miles|