Reston, VA (population: 64,064) has nineteen business writing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Virginia-Main Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a business writing program, has a total student population of 24,355. It is the 16th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Business Writing students from Reston schools who go on to become business writers, legal writing professors, copy editors, copywriters, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 43,390 people working as writers and authors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $64,560. Also, Public relations specialists make on average $59,370 per year and there are about 242,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan area alone, there are 14,400 employed public relations specialists earning an average salary of $91,690. Writers and authors in this area earn $76,930/yr and there are 2,500 employed.
Reston lies in Fairfax county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan area has 2,300,000 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $29/hr average worker wage, and a $60,090 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Reston are held by writers and authors, and 6/1000 are held by public relations specialists.
Of the 19 business writing schools with a 100-mile radius of Reston, only 11 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, American University comes out as the most expensive ($29,423/yr) for business writing students, with Northern Virginia Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,953/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Reston|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||10.7 miles|
|North Bethesda||MD||48,357||0||-||0||13.8 miles|
|Aspen Hill||MD||53,748||0||-||0||17.4 miles|
|Montgomery Village||MD||43,313||0||-||0||18.1 miles|
|Takoma Park||MD||-||1||13.9013||66||18.5 miles|
|Capitol Heights||MD||-||1||32.1418||6||23.8 miles|
|Ellicott City||MD||73,232||0||-||0||35.6 miles|
|Owings Mills||MD||-||2||12.2029||18||44.6 miles|