Great Falls, MT (population: 60,015) has six child development schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Washington State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a child development program, has a total student population of 26,101. It is the 131st highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Child Development students from Great Falls schools who go on to become child development specialists, child psychologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 277,670 people working as child, family, and school social workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $43,540. Also, Preschool teachers make on average $27,450 per year and there are about 389,660 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Great Falls area alone, there are 80 employed preschool teachers earning an average salary of $21,900. Child, family, and school social workers in this area earn $38,130/yr and there are 70 employed.
Great Falls lies in Cascade county, which is one of the 36 counties in Montana. Overall, the Great Falls area has 36,010 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.5% unemployment rate, $16.19/hr average worker wage, and a $33,680 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.013 out of every 1000 jobs in Great Falls are held by child, family, and school social workers, and 2.122/1000 are held by preschool teachers.
Of the 6 child development schools with a 500-mile radius of Great Falls, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Washington State University comes out as the most expensive ($15,311/yr) for child development students, with Dawson Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,830/yr.