Austin, TX (population: 792,778) has two wildlife management schools within a 100-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 Austin 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.
Austin lies in Travis county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Austin-Round Rock area has 769,370 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $21.72/hr average worker wage, and a $45,180 average annual salary.
Of the 2 wildlife management schools with a 100-mile radius of Austin, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Texas A & M University comes out as the most expensive ($11,468/yr) for wildlife management students, with Texas State University-San Marcos as the lowest, reported at only $9,816/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Austin|
|Cedar Park||TX||72,258||0||-||0||14.6 miles|
|San Antonio||TX||1,402,013||34||23.3851||958||74.4 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||88.2 miles|