Bridgeport, CT (population: 136,604) has twenty-one audio schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Columbia University in the City of New York, the highest ranked school in this group with an audio program, has a total student population of 24,230. It is the 4th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of New York.
Audio students from Bridgeport 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 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk area alone, there are 50 employed sound engineering technicians earning an average salary of $41,530. Audio and video equipment technicians in this area earn $44,560/yr and there are 120 employed.
Bridgeport lies in Fairfield county, which is one of the 8 counties in Connecticut. Overall, the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk area has 418,180 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $28/hr average worker wage, and a $57,340 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Bridgeport are held by audio and video equipment technicians, and 0/1000 are held by sound engineering technicians.
Of the 21 audio schools with a 100-mile radius of Bridgeport, only 14 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, New York University comes out as the most expensive ($34,011/yr) for audio students, with CUNY Lehman College as the lowest, reported at only $4,335/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Bridgeport|
|New Haven||CT||123,302||4||21.032||186||16.8 miles|
|North Haven||CT||-||1||35.1029||2||22.5 miles|
|White Plains||NY||57,617||2||21.3371||15||31.5 miles|
|New Rochelle||NY||74,592||3||35.7163||149||35.6 miles|
|Mount Vernon||NY||68,747||8||36.4632||259||38.1 miles|
|Garden City||NY||-||5||29.9653||250||39.3 miles|