Virginia Beach, VA (population: 439,564) has seven CAD schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. ITT Technical Institute-Richmond, the highest ranked school in this group with a CAD program, has a total student population of 815. It is the 3971st highest ranked school in the USA and the 77th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
CAD students from Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 550 employed architectural and civil drafters earning an average salary of $43,160. Drafters in this area earn $46,150/yr and there are 70 employed.
Virginia Beach lies in Virginia Beach county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.096 out of every 1000 jobs in Virginia Beach are held by drafters, and 0.752/1000 are held by architectural and civil drafters.
Of the 7 CAD schools with a 100-mile radius of Virginia Beach, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, ITT Technical Institute-Norfolk comes out as the most expensive ($22,793/yr) for CAD students, with Eastern Shore Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,039/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Virginia Beach|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||35.1 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||90.3 miles|