Harrisburg, PA (population: 46,941) has eight veterinary assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Wilson College, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary assistant program, has a total student population of 840. It is the 548th highest ranked school in the USA and the 55th highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Veterinary Assistant students from Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg-Carlisle area alone, there are 140 employed veterinary technologists and technicians earning an average salary of $30,950. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers in this area earn $20,500/yr and there are 220 employed.
Harrisburg lies in Dauphin county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Harrisburg-Carlisle area has 310,690 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.3% unemployment rate, $20.26/hr average worker wage, and a $42,140 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.694 out of every 1000 jobs in Harrisburg are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers, and 0.456/1000 are held by veterinary technologists and technicians.
Of the 8 veterinary assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Harrisburg, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lancaster County Career and Technology Center comes out as the most expensive ($23,472/yr) for veterinary assistant students, with Lehigh Carbon Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,375/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Harrisburg|
|Owings Mills||MD||-||2||12.2029||18||59.8 miles|
|Lincoln University||PA||-||1||24.1268||75||60.1 miles|
|State College||PA||-||2||29.8064||24||62.6 miles|
|North East||MD||-||1||7.7142||47||68.5 miles|
|Ellicott City||MD||73,232||0||-||0||69.9 miles|
|Montgomery Village||MD||43,313||0||-||0||77.9 miles|