Fort Worth, TX (population: 751,149) has twenty-one forestry schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Texas A & M University, the highest ranked school in this group with a forestry program, has a total student population of 48,702. It is the 36th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Forestry students from Fort Worth schools who go on to become forest technicians, foresters, urban foresters, area foresters, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 31,440 people working as forest and conservation technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $36,370. Also, Forestry and conservation science teachers make on average $72,290 per year and there are about 2,380 of them employed in the US today.
Fort Worth lies in Tarrant county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan area has 856,430 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $19.78/hr average worker wage, and a $41,140 average annual salary.
Of the 21 forestry schools with a 500-mile radius of Fort Worth, only 7 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus comes out as the most expensive ($12,887/yr) for forestry students, with Kilgore College as the lowest, reported at only $2,728/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Fort Worth|
|Forth Worth||TX||-||3||11.7915||4||2.0 miles|
|North Richland Hills||TX||67,133||1||26.4697||12||10.3 miles|
|Grand Prairie||TX||167,767||3||23.6315||22||19.1 miles|
|Flower Mound||TX||72,721||0||-||0||24.2 miles|