Fresno, CA (population: 490,930) has eight wildlife schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Northern Arizona University, the highest ranked school in this group with a wildlife program, has a total student population of 23,597. It is the 225th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Arizona.
Wildlife students from Fresno 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.
Fresno lies in Fresno county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Fresno area has 323,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,460 average annual salary.
Of the 8 wildlife schools with a 500-mile radius of Fresno, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Prescott College comes out as the most expensive ($25,284/yr) for wildlife students, with Cerritos College as the lowest, reported at only $3,650/yr.
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