Alberta, VA has twelve child care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. East Carolina University, the highest ranked school in this group with a child care program, has a total student population of 27,654. It is the 214th highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Child Care students from Alberta schools who go on to become child care professionals, child care workers, nannies, day care specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 595,650 people working as child care workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $20,940. Also, Child, family, and school social workers make on average $43,540 per year and there are about 277,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 110 employed child, family, and school social workers earning an average salary of $40,100. Child care workers in this area earn $17,420/yr and there are 150 employed.
Alberta lies in Brunswick county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area has 68,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.5% unemployment rate, $15.53/hr average worker wage, and a $32,290 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.213 out of every 1000 jobs in Alberta are held by child care workers, and 1.609/1000 are held by child, family, and school social workers.
Of the 12 child care schools with a 100-mile radius of Alberta, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Meredith College comes out as the most expensive ($21,466/yr) for child care students, with Edgecombe Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,844/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Alberta|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||56.2 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||62.8 miles|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||77.5 miles|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||91.2 miles|