Independence, MO (population: 110,030) has eight telecommunications schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Kaw Area Technical School, the highest ranked school in this group with a telecommunications program, has a total student population of 676. It is the 781st highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Kansas (#1 is Southwestern College).
Telecommunications students from Independence schools who go on to become telecommunication operators, telecommunications specialists, telecommunications professionals, television news producers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 189,850 people working as telecommunications equipment installers and repairers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $52,990. Also, Radio operators make on average $43,400 per year and there are about 870 of them employed in the US today.
Independence lies in Jackson county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary.
Of the 8 telecommunications schools with a 100-mile radius of Independence, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Bryan College comes out as the most expensive ($31,902/yr) for telecommunications students, with State Fair Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,029/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Independence|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||6.5 miles|
|Kansas City||MO||454,520||32||15.0915||547||10.9 miles|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||11.7 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||12.1 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||52.7 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||88.6 miles|