Bakersfield, CA (population: 336,429) has five public safety schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of California-Los Angeles, the highest ranked school in this group with a public safety program, has a total student population of 38,550. It is the 7th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of California.
Public Safety students from Bakersfield schools who go on to become public safety dispatchers, public safety officials, public safety managers, public safety specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 98,090 people working as police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $36,470. Also, Emergency medical technicians and paramedics make on average $33,020 per year and there are about 217,920 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Bakersfield area alone, there are 210 employed emergency medical technicians and paramedics earning an average salary of $32,650. Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers in this area earn $45,250/yr and there are 100 employed.
Bakersfield lies in Kern county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Bakersfield area has 265,550 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $42,430 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Bakersfield are held by police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers, and 1/1000 are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
Of the 5 public safety schools with a 100-mile radius of Bakersfield, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, American Jewish University comes out as the most expensive ($27,701/yr) for public safety students, with University of California-Los Angeles as the lowest, reported at only $12,752/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Bakersfield|
|Santa Clarita||CA||171,722||2||23.9284||128||71.4 miles|
|Canyon Country||CA||-||1||21.1219||9||71.4 miles|
|Santa Barbara||CA||86,382||6||24.3128||166||76.2 miles|
|Simi Valley||CA||121,990||0||-||0||77.4 miles|
|Panorama City||CA||-||2||25.093||11||84.5 miles|
|Woodland Hills||CA||-||1||17.7823||121||85.4 miles|
|Santa Maria||CA||88,641||3||25.1117||131||86.5 miles|
|Los Angeles||CA||3,878,715||57||23.6333||1,355||92.7 miles|
|San Luis Obispo||CA||43,926||3||26.8283||217||93.9 miles|
|Santa Monica||CA||89,350||5||12.7862||74||97.8 miles|
|Culver City||CA||-||2||5.62439||79||98.8 miles|