Visalia, CA (population: 127,444) has four safety schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Kaplan College-Fresno, the highest ranked school in this group with a safety program, has a total student population of 564. It is the 2711th highest ranked school in the USA and the 268th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Safety students from Visalia schools who go on to become safety specialists, safety control managers, health safety specialists, occupational safety specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 51,850 people working as occupational health and safety specialists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $64,200. Also, Environmental scientists and specialists, including health make on average $67,360 per year and there are about 83,530 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Visalia-Porterville area alone, there are ** employed environmental scientists and specialists, including health earning an average salary of $78,080. Occupational health and safety specialists in this area earn $75,600/yr and there are 40 employed.
Visalia lies in Tulare county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Visalia-Porterville area has 131,930 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 4% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $37,760 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Visalia are held by occupational health and safety specialists, and **/1000 are held by environmental scientists and specialists, including health.
Of the 4 safety schools with a 100-mile radius of Visalia, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Santa Barbara Business College comes out as the most expensive ($44,118/yr) for safety students, with California State University-Bakersfield as the lowest, reported at only $6,115/yr.
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