Fresno, CA (population: 490,930) has three childhood education schools within its city limits. Fresno Pacific University, the highest ranked school in the city with a childhood education program, has a total student population of 2,668. It is the 326th highest ranked school in the USA and the 24th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Childhood Education students from Fresno schools who go on to become childhood educators, preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, special education teachers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 181,810 people working as kindergarten teachers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,380. 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 Fresno area alone, there are 960 employed preschool teachers earning an average salary of $24,080. Kindergarten teachers in this area earn $64,870/yr and there are 660 employed.
Fresno lies in Fresno county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Fresno area has 323,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Fresno are held by kindergarten teachers, and 3/1000 are held by preschool teachers.
Of the 3 childhood education schools in Fresno, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Fresno Pacific University comes out as the most expensive ($17,068/yr) for childhood education students, with California State University-Fresno as the lowest, reported at only $5,579/yr.
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