Kalispell, MT has twelve 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 Kalispell 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 Western Montana nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 120 employed preschool teachers earning an average salary of $25,060. Child, family, and school social workers in this area earn $38,960/yr and there are 160 employed.
Kalispell lies in Flathead county, which is one of the 36 counties in Montana. Overall, the Western Montana nonmetropolitan area has 68,900 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.6% unemployment rate, $16.08/hr average worker wage, and a $33,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.358 out of every 1000 jobs in Kalispell are held by child, family, and school social workers, and 1.724/1000 are held by preschool teachers.
Of the 12 child development schools with a 500-mile radius of Kalispell, only 5 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.