Wisconsin Rapids, WI has two wildlife schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Wisconsin-Madison, the highest ranked school in this group with a wildlife program, has a total student population of 41,654. It is the 23rd highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Wisconsin.
Wildlife students from Wisconsin Rapids 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.
Wisconsin Rapids lies in Wood county, which is one of the 34 counties in Wisconsin. Overall, the West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area has 173,200 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.7% unemployment rate, $17.57/hr average worker wage, and a $36,550 average annual salary.
Of the 2 wildlife schools with a 100-mile radius of Wisconsin Rapids, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Wisconsin-Madison comes out as the most expensive ($15,047/yr) for wildlife students, with University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as the lowest, reported at only $9,238/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Wisconsin Rapids|
|La Crosse||WI||50,893||3||27.5304||229||79.9 miles|
|Fond du Lac||WI||42,100||2||22.0044||202||80.1 miles|
|Eau Claire||WI||66,106||3||29.3261||160||87.7 miles|
|Green Bay||WI||101,191||7||25.235||199||90.7 miles|