Lubbock, TX (population: 226,180) has thirty-three veterinary technician schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Franklin Technology-MSSU, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary technician program, has a total student population of 226. It is the 1615th highest ranked school in the USA and the 49th highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
Veterinary Technician students from Lubbock 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 Lubbock area alone, there are 60 employed veterinarians earning an average salary of $68,810. Veterinary technologists and technicians in this area earn $20,650/yr and there are 110 employed.
Lubbock lies in Lubbock county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Lubbock area has 123,840 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3.4% unemployment rate, $17.18/hr average worker wage, and a $35,730 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.866 out of every 1000 jobs in Lubbock are held by veterinary technologists and technicians, and 0.499/1000 are held by veterinarians.
Of the 33 veterinary technician schools with a 500-mile radius of Lubbock, only 6 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Bradford School of Business comes out as the most expensive ($19,052/yr) for veterinary technician students, with Navajo Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $2,488/yr.