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  • Employment: 4,700
  • Hourly Mean Wage: $27.91
  • Annual Mean Wage: $58,060

Wide open spaces are the norm in Wyoming, and the Great Plains that stretch across the landscape, though occasionally interrupted with chains of mountains, can seem neverending. In fact, with 97,818 square miles of land, Wyoming is one of the largest states in the nation. Yet, it is also the least populous with a scant 544,270 residents. That means Wyomingites have plenty of room to stretch their legs. The state is also the primary home of Yellowstone National Park, which draws in droves of tourists each year. Aside from the natural splendor to be found in Wyoming, the state also boasts a low unemployment rate. In April 2010, the unemployment rate in the Equality State was 7.1%, which was 2.8% less than the national unemployment rate at the time. Another fascinating aspect of living in Wyoming is that there are no individual income taxes to be paid. The state does not collect taxes on working income, retirement income, or inheritances, which gives residents more out of every paycheck.

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Though agriculture has long played an integral part in Wyoming's economy, today its position as the driving force behind the state's fiscal performance has been replaced by energy production. It is the national leader in coal production, and also one of the top states in terms of natural gas production. Though health care is not one of the top employers, it is still an industry that will grow well into the next decade. This is mainly due to the increasing number of residents reaching retirement and elderly ages, which in turn drives up the need for more health care professionals to address the health issues that are typical with aging. To become a registered nurse (RN) in Wyoming, one must obtain a diploma, associate, or bachelor's degree from an accredited nursing program. Then, prospective nurses must also successfully complete the NCLEX-RN examination to obtain a nursing license before they can begin practicing.

School Name: Casper College

Address: 125 College Dr, Casper, Wyoming 82601-4699

Contact: (307) 268-2110

Website: www.caspercollege.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1

School Name: Central Wyoming College

Address: 2660 Peck Avenue, Riverton, Wyoming 82501

Contact: (800) 735-8418

Website: www.cwc.edu/

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1

School Name: Laramie County Community College

Address: 1400 E College Dr, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007-3299

Contact: (307) 778-5222 x1357

Website: www.lccc.wy.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1

School Name: Northwest College

Address: 231 W 6th St, Powell, Wyoming 82435

Contact: (307) 754-6000

Website: www.northwestcollege.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1

School Name: Sheridan College

Address: 3059 S Coffeen Ave, Sheridan, Wyoming 82801

Contact: (307) 674-6446 x0

Website: www.sheridan.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1

School Name: University of Wyoming

Address: Corner of Ninth and Ivinson, Laramie, Wyoming 82071

Contact: (307) 766-1121

Website: www.uwyo.edu

Type of School: 4-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1

School Name: Western Wyoming Community College

Address: 2500 College Dr, Rock Springs, Wyoming 82902-0428

Contact: (307) 382-1600

Website: www.wwcc.wy.edu

Type of School: 2-year, Public

Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes/