Durham, NC (population: 235,337) has three veterinary technician schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Davidson County Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary technician program, has a total student population of 4,101. It is the 4128th highest ranked school in the USA and the 78th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Veterinary Technician students from Durham schools who go on to become veterinary technicians, veterinarians, veterinarian assistants, veterinary scientistss, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 79,200 people working as veterinary technologists and technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $30,580. Also, Veterinarians make on average $90,110 per year and there are about 54,130 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Durham area alone, there are 160 employed veterinarians earning an average salary of $73,110. Veterinary technologists and technicians in this area earn $25,840/yr and there are 240 employed.
Durham lies in Durham county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Durham area has 275,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $24.27/hr average worker wage, and a $50,480 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.859 out of every 1000 jobs in Durham are held by veterinary technologists and technicians, and 0.563/1000 are held by veterinarians.
Of the 3 veterinary technician schools with a 100-mile radius of Durham, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Davidson County Community College comes out as the most expensive ($8,186/yr) for veterinary technician students, with Alamance Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,868/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Durham|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||8.1 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||61.0 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||61.6 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||75.1 miles|