Athens, AL has five CAD schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia College-Birmingham, the highest ranked school in this group with a CAD program, has a total student population of 7,060. It is the 2492nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 18th highest in the state of Alabama (#1 is Auburn University Main Campus).
CAD students from Athens schools who go on to become drafters, architects, computer aided designers, project architects, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 18,290 people working as drafters alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $48,210. Also, Architectural and civil drafters make on average $47,710 per year and there are about 105,320 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Huntsville area alone, there are 250 employed architectural and civil drafters earning an average salary of $37,060. Drafters in this area earn $44,250/yr and there are 60 employed.
Athens lies in Limestone county, which is one of the 67 counties in Alabama. Overall, the Huntsville area has 205,550 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $46,220 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Athens are held by drafters, and 1/1000 are held by architectural and civil drafters.
Of the 5 CAD schools with a 100-mile radius of Athens, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, ITT Technical Institute–Madison comes out as the most expensive ($22,889/yr) for CAD students, with Tennessee Technology Center at Dickson as the lowest, reported at only $6,876/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Athens|
|Rock Spring||GA||-||1||1.08982||0||98.2 miles|