Oklahoma City, OK (population: 564,147) has twenty-six wildlife biology schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Texas A & M University, the highest ranked school in this group with a wildlife biology program, has a total student population of 48,702. It is the 36th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Wildlife Biology students from Oklahoma City schools who go on to become wildlife biologists, wildlife managers, wildlife workers, fish and wildlife biologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 17,460 people working as zoologists and wildlife biologists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $60,670. Also, Foresters make on average $55,220 per year and there are about 10,230 of them employed in the US today.
Oklahoma City lies in Oklahoma county, which is one of the 41 counties in Oklahoma. Overall, the Oklahoma City area has 564,710 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $18.31/hr average worker wage, and a $38,090 average annual salary.
Of the 26 wildlife biology schools with a 500-mile radius of Oklahoma City, only 10 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Baker University comes out as the most expensive ($21,424/yr) for wildlife biology students, with Southwest Texas Junior College as the lowest, reported at only $3,303/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Oklahoma City|
|Midwest City||OK||57,117||2||17.3383||110||7.9 miles|
|El Reno||OK||-||2||15.8225||75||25.4 miles|
|Ponca City||OK||-||2||30.535||26||88.8 miles|