Nashville, TN (population: 605,197) has three wildlife schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Sewanee: The University of the South, the highest ranked school in this group with a wildlife program, has a total student population of 1,543. It is the 124th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Wildlife students from Nashville 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.
Nashville lies in Davidson county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin area has 719,830 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $19.13/hr average worker wage, and a $39,790 average annual salary.
Of the 3 wildlife schools with a 100-mile radius of Nashville, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Sewanee: The University of the South comes out as the most expensive ($22,173/yr) for wildlife students, with Murray State University as the lowest, reported at only $9,764/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Nashville|
|Bowling Green||KY||56,941||5||29.5084||365||58.5 miles|