Tacoma, WA (population: 200,855) has six veterinary technician schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Pima Medical Institute, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary technician program, has a total student population of 728. It is the 2396th highest ranked school in the USA and the 45th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Veterinary Technician students from Tacoma 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 Tacoma Metropolitan area alone, there are 140 employed veterinarians earning an average salary of $98,180. Veterinary technologists and technicians in this area earn $33,520/yr and there are 230 employed.
Tacoma lies in Pierce county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Tacoma Metropolitan area has 265,490 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.3% unemployment rate, $21.39/hr average worker wage, and a $44,480 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.875 out of every 1000 jobs in Tacoma are held by veterinary technologists and technicians, and 0.515/1000 are held by veterinarians.
Of the 6 veterinary technician schools with a 100-mile radius of Tacoma, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Pima Medical Institute comes out as the most expensive ($14,292/yr) for veterinary technician students, with Centralia College as the lowest, reported at only $6,416/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Tacoma|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||7.0 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||11.7 miles|