Suffolk, VA (population: 84,501) has thirteen automotive technology schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Tidewater Tech-Trades, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive technology program, has a total student population of 105. It is the 1429th highest ranked school in the USA and the 36th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Automotive Technology students from Suffolk schools who go on to become automotive engineers, automotive technicians, mechanics, automotive specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. Also, Automotive body and related repairers make on average $41,020 per year and there are about 133,290 of them employed in the US today.
Suffolk lies in Suffolk county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary.
Of the 13 automotive technology schools with a 100-mile radius of Suffolk, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Tidewater Tech-Trades comes out as the most expensive ($21,938/yr) for automotive technology students, with Halifax Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,190/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Suffolk|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||27.3 miles|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||33.4 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||69.7 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||82.9 miles|