Seattle, WA (population: 614,214) has two CAD schools within its city limits. ITT Technical Institute-Seattle, the highest ranked school in the city with a CAD program, has a total student population of 593. It is the 3884th highest ranked school in the USA and the 64th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
CAD students from Seattle 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 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,990 employed architectural and civil drafters earning an average salary of $45,560. Drafters in this area earn $59,920/yr and there are 710 employed.
Seattle lies in King county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area has 1,404,710 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $25.60/hr average worker wage, and a $53,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.506 out of every 1000 jobs in Seattle are held by drafters, and 1.419/1000 are held by architectural and civil drafters.
Of the 2 CAD schools in Seattle, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, ITT Technical Institute-Seattle comes out as the most expensive ($22,705/yr) for CAD students, with Seattle Community College-North Campus as the lowest, reported at only $7,946/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Seattle|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||21.4 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||33.4 miles|