Plainfield, NJ (population: 45,854) has four wildlife schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Delaware, the highest ranked school in this group with a wildlife program, has a total student population of 21,138. It is the 95th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Wildlife students from Plainfield 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.
Plainfield lies in Union county, which is one of the 11 counties in New Jersey. Overall, the Newark-Union-PA Metropolitan area has 974,700 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.6% unemployment rate, $25.36/hr average worker wage, and a $52,760 average annual salary.
Of the 4 wildlife schools with a 100-mile radius of Plainfield, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Delaware Valley College comes out as the most expensive ($24,579/yr) for wildlife students, with University of Delaware as the lowest, reported at only $12,929/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Plainfield|
|New Brunswick||NJ||52,736||2||41.2629||152||9.1 miles|
|Perth Amboy||NJ||49,138||1||20.4079||6||10.5 miles|
|South Orange||NJ||-||1||63.933||113||12.2 miles|
|East Brunswick||NJ||48,086||0||-||0||13.1 miles|
|Staten Island||NY||-||3||40.1655||127||14.4 miles|
|West Orange||NJ||49,330||0||-||0||14.4 miles|
|Jersey City||NJ||242,594||10||25.9195||190||19.9 miles|
|West Paterson||NJ||-||1||20.7455||20||22.1 miles|
|North Bergen||NJ||59,771||0||-||0||23.6 miles|
|West Windsor||NJ||-||1||10.9855||60||24.6 miles|
|West New York||NJ||47,282||1||33.6373||6||25.3 miles|