Manhattan, KS (population: 53,426) has two vocational schools within its city limits. Kansas State University, the highest ranked school in the city with a vocational program, has a total student population of 23,581. It is the 875th highest ranked school in the USA and the 9th highest in the state of Kansas (#1 is Southwestern College).
Vocational students from Manhattan schools who go on to become vocational educators, event planners, landscape architects, landscape designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 114,420 people working as vocational education teachers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $52,030. Also, Middle school teachers make on average $53,550 per year and there are about 665,420 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Kansas nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 3,350 employed middle school teachers earning an average salary of $38,400. Vocational education teachers in this area earn $40,860/yr and there are 380 employed.
Manhattan lies in Riley county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Kansas nonmetropolitan area has 444,090 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $15.63/hr average worker wage, and a $32,500 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.856 out of every 1000 jobs in Manhattan are held by vocational education teachers, and 7.547/1000 are held by middle school teachers.
Of the 2 vocational schools in Manhattan, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kansas State University comes out as the most expensive ($13,354/yr) for vocational students, with Manhattan Area Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $8,666/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Manhattan|
|North Newton||KS||-||1||30.3056||44||87.4 miles|
|El Dorado||KS||-||2||14.14||133||96.1 miles|