Philadelphia, PA (population: 1,445,993) has thirteen veterinary technician schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Lancaster County Career and Technology Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary technician program, has a total student population of 483. It is the 2141st highest ranked school in the USA and the 184th highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Veterinary Technician students from Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia Metropolitan area alone, there are 740 employed veterinarians earning an average salary of $97,640. Veterinary technologists and technicians in this area earn $32,210/yr and there are 1,410 employed.
Philadelphia lies in Philadelphia county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Philadelphia Metropolitan area has 1,832,880 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $23.24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,340 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.770 out of every 1000 jobs in Philadelphia are held by veterinary technologists and technicians, and 0.406/1000 are held by veterinarians.
Of the 13 veterinary technician schools with a 100-mile radius of Philadelphia, only 6 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 technician students, with Camden County College as the lowest, reported at only $3,258/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Philadelphia|
|Willow Grove||PA||-||3||11.6322||2||9.3 miles|
|Cherry Hill||NJ||67,762||4||25.0729||31||10.3 miles|
|Saint Davids||PA||-||1||63.725||73||13.3 miles|
|Mount Laurel||NJ||-||1||24.9456||10||13.7 miles|
|North Wales||PA||-||1||28.6361||21||16.0 miles|
|New Castle||DE||-||1||19.251||66||33.4 miles|
|West Windsor||NJ||-||1||10.9855||60||33.6 miles|
|Center Valley||PA||-||2||15.5079||66||38.5 miles|
|Mays Landing||NJ||-||1||11.4678||27||44.1 miles|
|Lincoln University||PA||-||1||24.1268||75||44.6 miles|
|East Brunswick||NJ||48,086||0||-||0||47.4 miles|
|New Brunswick||NJ||52,736||2||41.2629||152||48.9 miles|
|Toms River||NJ||131,619||3||29.102||89||51.1 miles|