Oklahoma City, OK (population: 564,147) has twenty-six wildlife management schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Texas A & M University, the highest ranked school in this group with a wildlife management 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 Management students from Oklahoma City schools who go on to become wildlife managers, foresters, fish and wildlife biologists, area foresters, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 7,530 people working as fish and game wardens alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $54,950. Also, Zoologists and wildlife biologists make on average $60,670 per year and there are about 17,460 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 management 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 management 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|