Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has twelve public safety schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Utah, the highest ranked school in this group with a public safety program, has a total student population of 29,284. It is the 129th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Utah.
Public Safety students from Albuquerque 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 Albuquerque area alone, there are 280 employed emergency medical technicians and paramedics earning an average salary of $31,010. Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers in this area earn $31,960/yr and there are 250 employed.
Albuquerque lies in Bernalillo county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.661 out of every 1000 jobs in Albuquerque are held by police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers, and 0.739/1000 are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
Of the 12 public safety schools with a 500-mile radius of Albuquerque, only 7 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Denver comes out as the most expensive ($31,044/yr) for public safety students, with Amarillo College as the lowest, reported at only $3,490/yr.