Kansas City, MO (population: 454,520) has five counseling schools within its city limits. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the highest ranked school in the city with a counseling program, has a total student population of 840. It is the 325th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
Counseling students from Kansas City schools who go on to become counseling psychologists, school counselors, counselors, christian counselors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 30,900 people working as counselors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $44,400. Also, Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists make on average $59,070 per year and there are about 219,240 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Kansas City-KS area alone, there are 1,640 employed human resources, training, and labor relations specialists earning an average salary of $61,520. Counselors in this area earn $37,030/yr and there are 250 employed.
Kansas City lies in Jackson county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.248 out of every 1000 jobs in Kansas City are held by counselors, and 1.663/1000 are held by human resources, training, and labor relations specialists.
Of the 5 counseling schools in Kansas City, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Missouri-Kansas City comes out as the most expensive ($17,782/yr) for counseling students, with Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley as the lowest, reported at only $3,266/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Kansas City|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||1.0 miles|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||16.6 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||16.7 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||46.6 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||89.0 miles|