Atlanta, GA (population: 571,861) has ten fire schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. North Georgia Technical College, the highest ranked school in this group with a fire program, has a total student population of 2,865. It is the 2937th highest ranked school in the USA and the 54th highest in the state of Georgia (#1 is Emory University).
Fire students from Atlanta 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 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area alone, there are 220 employed fire inspectors and investigators earning an average salary of $50,610. Fire fighters in this area earn $38,050/yr and there are 5,110 employed.
Atlanta lies in Fulton county, which is one of the 106 counties in Georgia. Overall, the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area has 2,290,890 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $45,520 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Atlanta are held by fire fighters, and 0/1000 are held by fire inspectors and investigators.
Of the 10 fire schools with a 100-mile radius of Atlanta, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Reinhardt College comes out as the most expensive ($17,713/yr) for fire students, with Chattahoochee Valley Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,438/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Atlanta|
|East Point||GA||43,748||1||19.2965||19||6.9 miles|
|North Atlanta||GA||51,827||0||-||0||8.6 miles|
|Mount Berry||GA||-||1||63.3969||60||56.4 miles|
|Toccoa Falls||GA||-||1||28.3429||33||83.8 miles|
|Rock Spring||GA||-||1||1.08982||0||87.3 miles|
|Fort Valley||GA||-||1||21.9471||51||89.0 miles|
|Warner Robins||GA||64,183||3||21.3509||61||91.8 miles|
|Phenix City||AL||-||1||9.50663||23||95.3 miles|