Berkeley, CA (population: 102,237) has three audio 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 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 students from Berkeley schools who go on to become audio professionals, audio production engineers, audio engineers, audio recording professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 46,070 people working as audio and video equipment technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $42,450. Also, Sound engineering technicians make on average $53,940 per year and there are about 15,560 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward Metropolitan area alone, there are ** employed sound engineering technicians earning an average salary of $48,220. Audio and video equipment technicians in this area earn $45,790/yr and there are 410 employed.
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. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Berkeley are held by audio and video equipment technicians, and **/1000 are held by sound engineering technicians.
Of the 3 audio 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 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|