Utica, NY (population: 57,570) has four audio schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Syracuse University, the highest ranked school in this group with an audio program, has a total student population of 19,638. It is the 89th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Audio students from Utica 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.
Utica lies in Oneida county, which is one of the 28 counties in New York. Overall, the Utica-Rome area has 126,970 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3.2% unemployment rate, $18.45/hr average worker wage, and a $38,370 average annual salary.
Of the 4 audio schools with a 100-mile radius of Utica, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Ithaca College comes out as the most expensive ($27,899/yr) for audio students, with SUNY College at Cortland as the lowest, reported at only $14,594/yr.
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