Ardmore, OK has twenty homeland security schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Dallas, the highest ranked school in this group with a homeland security program, has a total student population of 2,883. It is the 163rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Homeland Security students from Ardmore schools who go on to become homeland security specialists, police officers, security technicians, security officers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,028,830 people working as security guards alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $26,430. Also, Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers make on average $36,470 per year and there are about 98,090 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area alone, there are ** employed police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers earning an average salary of $25,140. Security guards in this area earn $26,220/yr and there are 980 employed.
Ardmore lies in Carter county, which is one of the 41 counties in Oklahoma. Overall, the Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area has 164,450 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.7% unemployment rate, $15.13/hr average worker wage, and a $31,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 5.983 out of every 1000 jobs in Ardmore are held by security guards, and **/1000 are held by police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers.
Of the 20 homeland security schools with a 100-mile radius of Ardmore, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Dallas Fort Worth Campus comes out as the most expensive ($25,677/yr) for homeland security students, with North Central Texas College as the lowest, reported at only $4,633/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Ardmore|
|Flower Mound||TX||72,721||0||-||0||79.2 miles|
|Wichita Falls||TX||103,067||2||34.7529||101||81.1 miles|
|Midwest City||OK||57,117||2||17.3383||110||89.9 miles|
|North Richland Hills||TX||67,133||1||26.4697||12||91.0 miles|
|Oklahoma City||OK||564,147||19||18.6276||473||92.0 miles|
|Fort Worth||TX||751,149||10||30.6263||324||99.2 miles|