Virginia Beach, VA (population: 439,564) has five child development schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Eastern Shore Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a child development program, has a total student population of 987. It is the 5108th highest ranked school in the USA and the 103rd highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Child Development students from Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 2,390 employed preschool teachers earning an average salary of $21,980. Child, family, and school social workers in this area earn $42,600/yr and there are 2,090 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 2.841 out of every 1000 jobs in Virginia Beach are held by child, family, and school social workers, and 3.244/1000 are held by preschool teachers.
Of the 5 child development 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, John Tyler Community College comes out as the most expensive ($4,710/yr) for child development 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|