Oakland, CA (population: 412,612) has eighteen fire schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Cogswell Polytechnical College, the highest ranked school in this group with a fire program, has a total student population of 199. It is the 466th highest ranked school in the USA and the 31st highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Fire students from Oakland schools who go on to become firemen, police officers, firewomen, firefighters, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 305,500 people working as fire fighters alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $47,270. Also, Fire inspectors and investigators make on average $56,310 per year and there are about 12,180 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward Metropolitan area alone, there are 50 employed fire inspectors and investigators earning an average salary of $98,250. Fire fighters in this area earn $77,390/yr and there are 1,910 employed.
Oakland lies in Alameda county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward Metropolitan area has 990,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $26/hr average worker wage, and a $54,590 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Oakland are held by fire fighters, and 0/1000 are held by fire inspectors and investigators.
Of the 18 fire schools with a 100-mile radius of Oakland, only 14 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Cogswell Polytechnical College comes out as the most expensive ($20,255/yr) for fire students, with City College of San Francisco as the lowest, reported at only $4,129/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Oakland|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||5.6 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||9.7 miles|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||12.6 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||13.3 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||13.3 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||15.3 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||16.1 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||30.9 miles|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||38.3 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||56.2 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||65.7 miles|