Chesapeake, VA (population: 223,315) has twenty-nine appliance repair schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. SUNY College of Technology at Alfred, the highest ranked school in this group with an appliance repair program, has a total student population of 3,530. It is the 501st highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Appliance Repair students from Chesapeake schools who go on to become appliance technicians, appliance repairers, machine repairmen, refrigeration mechanics, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 34,670 people working as home appliance repairers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $35,590. Also, Firstline supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers make on average $60,630 per year and there are about 427,560 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 3,000 employed firstline supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers earning an average salary of $57,370. Home appliance repairers in this area earn $31,200/yr and there are 250 employed.
Chesapeake lies in Chesapeake 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 0.339 out of every 1000 jobs in Chesapeake are held by home appliance repairers, and 4.077/1000 are held by firstline supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers.
Of the 29 appliance repair schools with a 500-mile radius of Chesapeake, only 6 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Bay State School of Technology comes out as the most expensive ($36,450/yr) for appliance repair students, with Forsyth Technical Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,178/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Chesapeake|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||15.5 miles|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||29.8 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||82.1 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||97.3 miles|