Radford, VA has five carpentry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Ralph R Willis Career and Technical Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a carpentry program, has a total student population of 29. It is the 1718th highest ranked school in the USA and the 27th highest in the state of West Virginia (#1 is Marshall University).
Carpentry students from Radford schools who go on to become carpenters, construction managers, construction workers, construction engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 743,760 people working as carpenters alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $43,640. Also, Construction laborers make on average $33,190 per year and there are about 856,440 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford area alone, there are 280 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $23,200. Carpenters in this area earn $29,990/yr and there are 420 employed.
Radford lies in Radford county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford area has 63,480 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.6% unemployment rate, $18.66/hr average worker wage, and a $38,820 average annual salary. Thus, about 6.582 out of every 1000 jobs in Radford are held by carpenters, and 4.485/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 5 carpentry schools with a 100-mile radius of Radford, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Guilford Technical Community College comes out as the most expensive ($9,361/yr) for carpentry students, with Forsyth Technical Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,178/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Radford|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||73.7 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||85.9 miles|
|Mount Gay||WV||-||1||9.61491||36||92.7 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||98.3 miles|