Houston, TX (population: 2,307,883) has five corrections schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Prairie View A & M University, the highest ranked school in this group with a corrections program, has a total student population of 8,608. It is the 628th highest ranked school in the USA and the 31st highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Corrections students from Houston schools who go on to become correctional counselors, corrections officers, jailers, probation officers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 455,350 people working as correctional officers and jailers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $42,610. Also, Mental health and substance abuse social workers make on average $41,350 per year and there are about 127,140 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area alone, there are 980 employed mental health and substance abuse social workers earning an average salary of $34,930. Correctional officers and jailers in this area earn $33,570/yr and there are 7,210 employed.
Houston lies in Harris county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area has 2,563,840 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $21.58/hr average worker wage, and a $44,880 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.810 out of every 1000 jobs in Houston are held by correctional officers and jailers, and 0.382/1000 are held by mental health and substance abuse social workers.
Of the 5 corrections schools with a 100-mile radius of Houston, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Prairie View A & M University comes out as the most expensive ($12,343/yr) for corrections students, with Lone Star College System as the lowest, reported at only $4,793/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Houston|
|South Houston||TX||-||1||23.7623||5||11.9 miles|
|Missouri City||TX||77,622||0||-||0||16.5 miles|
|League City||TX||78,312||0||-||0||25.7 miles|
|The Woodlands||TX||101,065||1||14.626||77||27.6 miles|
|Texas City||TX||44,907||1||8.31197||63||35.9 miles|
|Prairie View||TX||-||1||50.8259||82||42.2 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||79.5 miles|