El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has sixteen veterinary technician schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Apollo College-Phoenix Inc, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary technician program, has a total student population of 5,844. It is the 1504th highest ranked school in the USA and the 10th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Veterinary Technician students from El Paso 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 El Paso area alone, there are 80 employed veterinarians earning an average salary of $79,990. Veterinary technologists and technicians in this area earn $22,710/yr and there are 140 employed.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.518 out of every 1000 jobs in El Paso are held by veterinary technologists and technicians, and 0.281/1000 are held by veterinarians.
Of the 16 veterinary technician schools with a 500-mile radius of El Paso, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kaplan College comes out as the most expensive ($54,720/yr) for veterinary technician students, with Navajo Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $2,488/yr.