Birmingham, AL (population: 226,152) has one CAD school within its city limits. Virginia College-Birmingham 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 Birmingham 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 Birmingham-Hoover area alone, there are 440 employed architectural and civil drafters earning an average salary of $43,400. Drafters in this area earn $42,160/yr and there are 30 employed.
Birmingham lies in Jefferson county, which is one of the 67 counties in Alabama. Overall, the Birmingham-Hoover area has 494,530 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,060 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Birmingham are held by drafters, and 1/1000 are held by architectural and civil drafters.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia College-Birmingham ends up costing a student $21,586/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Birmingham|
|Alexander City||AL||-||1||11.6004||38||63.6 miles|
|Auburn University||AL||-||1||74.9047||131||99.5 miles|