Milwaukee, WI (population: 606,508) has five veterinary assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Fox College Inc, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary assistant program, has a total student population of 370. It is the 1969th highest ranked school in the USA and the 69th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Veterinary Assistant students from Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis area alone, there are 380 employed veterinary technologists and technicians earning an average salary of $30,480. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers in this area earn $21,400/yr and there are 370 employed.
Milwaukee lies in Milwaukee county, which is one of the 34 counties in Wisconsin. Overall, the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis area has 817,060 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $21.19/hr average worker wage, and a $44,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.449 out of every 1000 jobs in Milwaukee are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers, and 0.462/1000 are held by veterinary technologists and technicians.
Of the 5 veterinary assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Milwaukee, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Rockford Career College comes out as the most expensive ($15,278/yr) for veterinary assistant students, with Moraine Park Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $6,870/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Milwaukee|
|West Allis||WI||59,345||1||16.5935||7||4.6 miles|
|Fond du Lac||WI||42,100||2||22.0044||202||54.7 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||60.3 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||67.1 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||68.4 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||68.5 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||69.7 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||71.3 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||73.9 miles|