Bakersfield, CA (population: 336,429) has four construction schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Intercoast Colleges, the highest ranked school in this group with a construction program, has a total student population of 65. It is the 3553rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 342nd highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Construction students from Bakersfield schools who go on to become construction area managers, construction workers, construction professionals, construction superintendents, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 204,760 people working as construction managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $93,290. Also, Painters, construction and maintenance make on average $37,320 per year and there are about 214,240 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Bakersfield area alone, there are 370 employed painters, construction and maintenance earning an average salary of $41,950. Construction managers in this area earn $98,520/yr and there are 520 employed.
Bakersfield lies in Kern county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Bakersfield area has 265,550 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $42,430 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Bakersfield are held by construction managers, and 1/1000 are held by painters, construction and maintenance.
Of the 4 construction schools with a 100-mile radius of Bakersfield, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Westwood College-Los Angeles comes out as the most expensive ($22,140/yr) for construction students, with Ventura College as the lowest, reported at only $5,876/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Bakersfield|
|Santa Clarita||CA||171,722||2||23.9284||128||71.4 miles|
|Canyon Country||CA||-||1||21.1219||9||71.4 miles|
|Santa Barbara||CA||86,382||6||24.3128||166||76.2 miles|
|Simi Valley||CA||121,990||0||-||0||77.4 miles|
|Panorama City||CA||-||2||25.093||11||84.5 miles|
|Woodland Hills||CA||-||1||17.7823||121||85.4 miles|
|Santa Maria||CA||88,641||3||25.1117||131||86.5 miles|
|Los Angeles||CA||3,878,715||57||23.6333||1,355||92.7 miles|
|San Luis Obispo||CA||43,926||3||26.8283||217||93.9 miles|
|Santa Monica||CA||89,350||5||12.7862||74||97.8 miles|
|Culver City||CA||-||2||5.62439||79||98.8 miles|