Wilmington, NC (population: 102,120) has forty-six veterinary technician schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Wilson College, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary technician 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 Technician students from Wilmington 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 Wilmington area alone, there are 110 employed veterinarians earning an average salary of $60,370. Veterinary technologists and technicians in this area earn $24,290/yr and there are 220 employed.
Wilmington lies in New Hanover county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Wilmington area has 139,780 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.7% unemployment rate, $17.58/hr average worker wage, and a $36,570 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.549 out of every 1000 jobs in Wilmington are held by veterinary technologists and technicians, and 0.821/1000 are held by veterinarians.
Of the 46 veterinary technician schools with a 500-mile radius of Wilmington, only 9 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Sanford-Brown Institute comes out as the most expensive ($29,176/yr) for veterinary technician students, with Community and Technical College at West Virginia University Institute of Technology as the lowest, reported at only $2,720/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Wilmington|
|Myrtle Beach||SC||-||3||18.832||7||66.6 miles|
|Morehead City||NC||-||1||9.34196||42||76.3 miles|
|New Bern||NC||-||1||11.0361||45||79.3 miles|