South Dakota contains two schools that offer wildlife programs. Dakota Wesleyan University, the highest-ranking wildlife school in SD, has a total student population of 763 and is the 552nd highest ranked school in America.
Of the 2 wildlife schools in South Dakota, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Dakota Wesleyan University comes out as the most expensive ($15,987/yr), with South Dakota State University as the lowest recorded at only $11,748/yr.
Wildlife students from South Dakota 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 South Dakota alone, there are 140 employed zoologists and wildlife biologists earning an average yearly salary of $50,260. Fish and game wardens in this state earn $36,820/yr and there are 100 employed.
Also, within the wildlife schools in South Dakota, the average student population is 1,780 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1. Aside from wildlife, there are 1098 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 1,143 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $6,336, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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