Reading, PA (population: 80,046) has ten audio schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Temple University, the highest ranked school in this group with an audio program, has a total student population of 36,507. It is the 105th highest ranked school in the USA and the 6th highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Audio students from Reading 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.
Reading lies in Berks county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Reading area has 163,230 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3.4% unemployment rate, $19.00/hr average worker wage, and a $39,520 average annual salary.
Of the 10 audio schools with a 100-mile radius of Reading, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Loyola College in Maryland comes out as the most expensive ($26,122/yr) for audio students, with Montclair State University as the lowest, reported at only $11,392/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Reading|
|Center Valley||PA||-||2||15.5079||66||31.1 miles|
|North Wales||PA||-||1||28.6361||21||35.5 miles|
|Saint Davids||PA||-||1||63.725||73||35.7 miles|
|Lincoln University||PA||-||1||24.1268||75||36.8 miles|
|Willow Grove||PA||-||3||11.6322||2||45.1 miles|
|New Castle||DE||-||1||19.251||66||50.7 miles|
|North East||MD||-||1||7.7142||47||51.2 miles|
|Cherry Hill||NJ||67,762||4||25.0729||31||57.8 miles|
|East Stroudsburg||PA||-||1||60.9016||70||60.2 miles|
|Mount Laurel||NJ||-||1||24.9456||10||61.7 miles|