Suffolk, VA (population: 84,501) has four advertising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia State University, the highest ranked school in this group with an advertising program, has a total student population of 5,366. It is the 603rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 20th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Advertising students from Suffolk schools who go on to become advertisers, advertising specialists, marketing specialists, marketers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 35,760 people working as advertising and promotions managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $97,670. Also, Market research analysts make on average $67,500 per year and there are about 226,410 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 1,000 employed market research analysts earning an average salary of $53,430. Advertising and promotions managers in this area earn $75,650/yr and there are 70 employed.
Suffolk lies in Suffolk county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.097 out of every 1000 jobs in Suffolk are held by advertising and promotions managers, and 1.358/1000 are held by market research analysts.
Of the 4 advertising schools with a 100-mile radius of Suffolk, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Hampton University comes out as the most expensive ($18,524/yr) for advertising students, with Halifax Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,190/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Suffolk|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||27.3 miles|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||33.4 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||69.7 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||82.9 miles|