Leesville, LA has two wildlife schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Stephen F Austin State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a wildlife program, has a total student population of 12,845. It is the 457th highest ranked school in the USA and the 15th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Wildlife students from Leesville 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.
Leesville lies in Vernon county, which is one of the 46 counties in Louisiana. Overall, the Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area has 82,080 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $15.55/hr average worker wage, and a $32,330 average annual salary.
Of the 2 wildlife schools with a 100-mile radius of Leesville, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Stephen F Austin State University comes out as the most expensive ($12,885/yr) for wildlife students, with McNeese State University as the lowest, reported at only $6,831/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Leesville|
|Lake Charles||LA||71,903||5||21.6002||139||64.7 miles|
|Bossier City||LA||63,292||2||15.0075||49||98.1 miles|