South Hill, WA (population: 63,243) has seven veterinary schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Pima Medical Institute, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary 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 students from South Hill schools who go on to become veterinarians, animal trainers, dog trainers, veterinary technicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 54,130 people working as veterinarians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $90,110. Also, Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers make on average $23,400 per year and there are about 71,350 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Tacoma Metropolitan area alone, there are 60 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $20,880. Veterinarians in this area earn $98,180/yr and there are 140 employed.
South Hill 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 0.515 out of every 1000 jobs in South Hill are held by veterinarians, and 0.234/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 7 veterinary schools with a 100-mile radius of South Hill, 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 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 South Hill|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||12.2 miles|