Norman, OK (population: 109,682) has seventeen homeland security schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Oklahoma City University, the highest ranked school in this group with a homeland security program, has a total student population of 3,829. It is the 310th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Oklahoma.
Homeland Security students from Norman 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 Oklahoma City area alone, there are 430 employed police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers earning an average salary of $30,950. Security guards in this area earn $25,970/yr and there are 3,960 employed.
Norman lies in Cleveland county, which is one of the 41 counties in Oklahoma. Overall, the Oklahoma City area has 564,710 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $18.31/hr average worker wage, and a $38,090 average annual salary. Thus, about 7.020 out of every 1000 jobs in Norman are held by security guards, and 0.756/1000 are held by police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers.
Of the 17 homeland security schools with a 100-mile radius of Norman, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Oklahoma City Campus comes out as the most expensive ($23,972/yr) for homeland security students, with Redlands Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,100/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Norman|
|Midwest City||OK||57,117||2||17.3383||110||16.0 miles|
|Oklahoma City||OK||564,147||19||18.6276||473||19.2 miles|
|El Reno||OK||-||2||15.8225||75||40.5 miles|