Fresno, CA (population: 490,930) has eight health science schools within its city limits. Fresno Pacific University, the highest ranked school in the city with a health science program, has a total student population of 2,668. It is the 326th highest ranked school in the USA and the 24th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles). To learn more about health science programs in Fresno, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of health science professors at Fresno Pacific University such as Steve Pauls.
Health Science students from Fresno schools who go on to become health psychologists, physicians, doctors, nurses, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 83,530 people working as environmental scientists and specialists, including health alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $67,360. Also, Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors make on average $40,420 per year and there are about 78,470 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Fresno area alone, there are 170 employed substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors earning an average salary of $35,240. Environmental scientists and specialists, including health in this area earn $60,770/yr and there are 270 employed.
Fresno lies in Fresno county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Fresno area has 323,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Fresno are held by environmental scientists and specialists, including health, and 1/1000 are held by substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors.
Of the 8 health science schools in Fresno, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Central Valley Campus comes out as the most expensive ($24,869/yr) for health science students, with California State University-Fresno as the lowest, reported at only $5,579/yr.
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