Wyoming Colleges & Universities

Wyomings colleges and schools offer accredited programs that prepare you for work with many of the state's largest employers in healthcare, mining, tourism, and utilities.

Discover Accredited Wyoming Schools and Colleges that Teach You Key Job Skills: Fewer than 500,000 residents call the nearly 10,000 square miles of Wyoming home, making the Equality State one of the nation's least-populous states in terms of residents per total mile. Its 23 counties stretch across rugged hills and rolling valleys. Joining Alaska as one of two states with less than 40,000 post-secondary students, Wyoming is home to 12 career schools and colleges, 75 percent of which are public schools.

Among all Wyoming post-secondary schools, The University of Wyoming in Laramie is the largest, serving more than 12,000 students. Three other schools in Wyoming serve student populations greater than 3,000 students: Laramie County Community College, 4,763, Casper College, 4,192, and Western Wyoming Community College, Rock Springs ( 12,875). The trade and vocational schools in Wyoming are led by Wyo Tech, a for-profit technical school with an enrollment of more than 2,500 students.

The U.S. Census reports Wyoming demographics as:

  • • White persons, 93.5 percent;
  • • Black persons, 1.4 percent;
  • • American Indian and Alaska Native persons, 2.6 percent;
  • • And persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, 8.1 percent.
  • • Wyoming's population of individuals 25 years old or order who have completed a bachelor's degree or higher is 21.9, below the national number of 24.4 percent.

Colleges in Wyoming: Tuition Costs: The cost for education varies among colleges in Wyoming colleges and universities. Here's a sampling of 2010 tuition and fees:

  • • Casper Community College Casper, WY: Undergraduate fees $924 per semester, in state; and $2,556, out-of-state.
  • • University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY: undergraduate tuition per semester, $3,686/resident, $11,606/non-resident.
  • • Western Wyoming Community College, Rock Springs, WY: per semester tuition $ 1,916, for residents, $5,036, for non-residents.

Wyoming College Grads and Labor Information for the State: Current students and graduates of Wyoming schools and colleges can find jobs in the state from employers seeking a wide diversity of careers sills. The Wyoming economy continues to draw a large amount of its economic support from the mineral extraction and mining industry harvesting coal, natural gas, crude oil, diamonds, and uranium. At the same time, a large tourism sector pumps up the state economy as visitors are drawn to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, The Devils Tower National Monument, and Fossil Butte National Monuments. Commodities in livestock and beets also boost the local economy.

Services that support the working population are often the largest employers. Schools in Wyoming offer degree programs to prepare grads for jobs with top employers in the state, as identified by the U. S. Department of Labor:

  • • University of Wyoming, Education, Laramie
  • • Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, healthcare, Cheyenne
  • • FMC Industrial Chemicals Group, Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers, Green River
  • • Jackson Lake Lodge, hospitality and lodging, Moran
  • • North Antelope Mine, Coal Mining & Shipping, Wright
  • • Halliburton, Oil Field Service, Site Preparation Contractors, Rock Springs
  • • Walmart Supercenter, Department Stores, Cheyenne

Wyoming Earnings Estimates: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the mean 2009 annual wage for all professions in Wyoming was $40,190.

Wage estimates vary based on your location, industry, and education. Top 2009 earnings, based on fields listed among Wyoming's top employers include:

  • • Mining and Geological Engineers, $119,300
  • • Physician Assistants, $84,580
  • • Education Administrators, Postsecondary, $100,590
  • • Service Unit Operators: Oil, Gas, and Mining, $42,510
  • • Lodging Managers, $40,230

Accredited colleges in Wyoming offer degree programs in the vital fields required to compete for jobs with the top employers in the state. Call prospective colleges to see how they can help you build your career.

The writer Karin Hansen holds a degree in English from San Francisco State University.

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