Metairie, LA (population: 141,919) has fourteen childhood education schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College, the highest ranked school in this group with a childhood education program, has a total student population of 28,643. It is the 121st highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Childhood Education students from Metairie 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 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner area alone, there are 640 employed preschool teachers earning an average salary of $27,660. Kindergarten teachers in this area earn $46,180/yr and there are 800 employed.
Metairie lies in Jefferson county, which is one of the 46 counties in Louisiana. Overall, the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner area has 509,460 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $18.85/hr average worker wage, and a $39,210 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.571 out of every 1000 jobs in Metairie are held by kindergarten teachers, and 1.258/1000 are held by preschool teachers.
Of the 14 childhood education schools with a 100-mile radius of Metairie, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Xavier University of Louisiana comes out as the most expensive ($16,084/yr) for childhood education students, with Louisiana Technical College-Florida Parishes as the lowest, reported at only $1,387/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Metairie|
|New Orleans||LA||206,720||16||21.1636||643||15.7 miles|
|Baton Rouge||LA||221,091||22||23.4771||270||64.8 miles|
|Morgan City||LA||-||1||15.3517||26||65.0 miles|