Schenectady, NY (population: 60,703) has two audio schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Massachusetts Amherst, the highest ranked school in this group with an audio program, has a total student population of 27,016. It is the 842nd highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Audio students from Schenectady 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 Albany-Schenectady-Troy area alone, there are 30 employed sound engineering technicians earning an average salary of $43,440. Audio and video equipment technicians in this area earn $44,970/yr and there are 80 employed.
Schenectady lies in Schenectady county, which is one of the 28 counties in New York. Overall, the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area has 434,590 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $21.78/hr average worker wage, and a $45,310 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.183 out of every 1000 jobs in Schenectady are held by audio and video equipment technicians, and 0.073/1000 are held by sound engineering technicians.
Of the 2 audio schools with a 100-mile radius of Schenectady, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The College of Saint Rose comes out as the most expensive ($21,359/yr) for audio students, with University of Massachusetts Amherst as the lowest, reported at only $14,977/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Schenectady|
|Hyde Park||NY||-||1||37.5099||6||69.8 miles|
|New Paltz||NY||-||1||36.3278||86||73.2 miles|
|East Windsor||CT||-||1||6.26683||12||93.0 miles|
|West Point||NY||-||1||80.8664||76||97.4 miles|
|East Hartford||CT||51,288||4||22.8181||50||98.3 miles|