Atlanta, GA (population: 571,861) has four CAD schools within its city limits. Atlanta Technical College, the highest ranked school in the city with a CAD program, has a total student population of 4,740. It is the 5314th highest ranked school in the USA and the 140th highest in the state of Georgia (#1 is Emory University).
CAD students from Atlanta 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 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area alone, there are 1,490 employed architectural and civil drafters earning an average salary of $50,890. Drafters in this area earn $46,660/yr and there are 120 employed.
Atlanta lies in Fulton county, which is one of the 106 counties in Georgia. Overall, the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area has 2,290,890 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $45,520 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Atlanta are held by drafters, and 1/1000 are held by architectural and civil drafters.
Of the 4 CAD schools in Atlanta, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, ITT Technical Institute-Atlanta comes out as the most expensive ($22,619/yr) for CAD students, with Atlanta Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $5,914/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Atlanta|
|East Point||GA||43,748||1||19.2965||19||6.9 miles|
|North Atlanta||GA||51,827||0||-||0||8.6 miles|
|Mount Berry||GA||-||1||63.3969||60||56.4 miles|
|Toccoa Falls||GA||-||1||28.3429||33||83.8 miles|
|Rock Spring||GA||-||1||1.08982||0||87.3 miles|
|Fort Valley||GA||-||1||21.9471||51||89.0 miles|
|Warner Robins||GA||64,183||3||21.3509||61||91.8 miles|
|Phenix City||AL||-||1||9.50663||23||95.3 miles|