Huntsville, AL (population: 185,501) has eight CAD schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Southern Adventist University, the highest ranked school in this group with a CAD program, has a total student population of 2,891. It is the 2316th highest ranked school in the USA and the 56th highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
CAD students from Huntsville 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.
Huntsville lies in Madison 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 Huntsville are held by drafters, and 1/1000 are held by architectural and civil drafters.
Of the 8 CAD schools with a 100-mile radius of Huntsville, 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 Coosa Valley Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $7,268/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Huntsville|
|Rock Spring||GA||-||1||1.08982||0||79.2 miles|
|Mount Berry||GA||-||1||63.3969||60||87.8 miles|