Berkeley, CA (population: 102,237) has three audio engineering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Ex-Pression College for Digital Arts, the highest ranked school in this group with an audio engineering program, has a total student population of 1,054. It is the 1363rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 111th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Audio Engineering students from Berkeley schools who go on to become audio engineers, audio professionals, audio production engineers, audio recording professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. Also, Audio and video equipment technicians make on average $42,450 per year and there are about 46,070 of them employed in the US today.
Berkeley lies in Alameda county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward Metropolitan area has 990,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $26/hr average worker wage, and a $54,590 average annual salary.
Of the 3 audio engineering schools with a 100-mile radius of Berkeley, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Ex-Pression College for Digital Arts comes out as the most expensive ($15,328/yr) for audio engineering students, with American River College as the lowest, reported at only $6,669/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Berkeley|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||12.0 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||12.7 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||12.9 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||15.9 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||16.7 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||21.6 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||23.1 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||38.3 miles|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||45.7 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||61.7 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||63.5 miles|