Boston, MA (population: 610,407) has three public safety schools within its city limits. Northeastern University, the highest ranked school in the city with a public safety program, has a total student population of 27,537. It is the 56th highest ranked school in the USA and the 7th highest in the state of Massachusetts (#1 is Harvard University).
Public Safety students from Boston 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 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy NECTA area alone, there are 2,860 employed emergency medical technicians and paramedics earning an average salary of $37,350. Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers in this area earn $41,320/yr and there are 1,230 employed.
Boston lies in Suffolk county, which is one of the 12 counties in Massachusetts. Overall, the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy NECTA area has 1,685,900 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $28.04/hr average worker wage, and a $58,330 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.727 out of every 1000 jobs in Boston are held by police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers, and 1.695/1000 are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
Of the 3 public safety schools in Boston, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northeastern University comes out as the most expensive ($32,703/yr) for public safety students, with University of Massachusetts-Boston as the lowest, reported at only $11,506/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Boston|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||7.8 miles|
|North Andover||MA||-||1||30.19||56||25.5 miles|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||30.1 miles|
|East Providence||RI||48,249||1||29.3002||11||41.2 miles|