Boston, MA (population: 610,407) has two CAD schools within its city limits. Suffolk University, the highest ranked school in the city with a CAD program, has a total student population of 9,148. It is the 410th highest ranked school in the USA and the 27th highest in the state of Massachusetts (#1 is Harvard University).
CAD students from Boston 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 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy NECTA area alone, there are 2,060 employed architectural and civil drafters earning an average salary of $53,850. Drafters in this area earn $43,440/yr and there are ** employed.
Boston lies in Suffolk county, which is one of the 12 counties in Massachusetts. Overall, the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy NECTA area has 1,685,900 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $28.04/hr average worker wage, and a $58,330 average annual salary. Thus, about ** out of every 1000 jobs in Boston are held by drafters, and 1.219/1000 are held by architectural and civil drafters.
Of the 2 CAD schools in Boston, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Suffolk University comes out as the most expensive ($29,268/yr) for CAD students, with Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology as the lowest, reported at only $10,773/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Boston|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||7.8 miles|
|North Andover||MA||-||1||30.19||56||25.5 miles|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||30.1 miles|
|East Providence||RI||48,249||1||29.3002||11||41.2 miles|