Cary, NC (population: 145,939) has twenty-two child development schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the highest ranked school in this group with a child development program, has a total student population of 28,916. It is the 20th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Child Development students from Cary schools who go on to become child development specialists, child psychologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 277,670 people working as child, family, and school social workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $43,540. Also, Preschool teachers make on average $27,450 per year and there are about 389,660 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Durham area alone, there are 1,370 employed preschool teachers earning an average salary of $25,060. Child, family, and school social workers in this area earn $43,850/yr and there are 930 employed.
Cary lies in Chatham county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Durham area has 275,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $24.27/hr average worker wage, and a $50,480 average annual salary. Thus, about 3.385 out of every 1000 jobs in Cary are held by child, family, and school social workers, and 4.954/1000 are held by preschool teachers.
Of the 22 child development schools with a 100-mile radius of Cary, only 5 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 development students, with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College as the lowest, reported at only $76/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Cary|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||17.0 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||56.9 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||68.7 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||83.9 miles|