California contains four schools that offer wildlife programs. Humboldt State University, the highest-ranking wildlife school in CA, has a total student population of 7,954 and is the 3019th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 4 wildlife schools in California, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Monterey Peninsula College comes out as the most expensive ($10,122/yr), with Cerritos College as the lowest recorded at only $3,650/yr.
Wildlife students from California schools who go on to become wildlife technicians, wildlife biologists, foresters, wildlife managers, 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. In fact, in the California alone, there are 2,360 employed zoologists and wildlife biologists earning an average yearly salary of $73,160. Fish and game wardens in this state earn $65,730/yr and there are 540 employed.
Also, within the wildlife schools in California, the average student population is 4,206 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1. Aside from wildlife, there are 18354 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 4,230 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $1,817, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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