Asheville, NC (population: 75,836) has five construction schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Western Carolina University, the highest ranked school in this group with a construction program, has a total student population of 9,429. It is the 367th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state . To learn more about construction programs in Asheville, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of construction professors at Western Carolina University such as Gary Burke, Donald Jensen, Doug Kinard, Ronald Mau, Ronald Miers, and Andrew Sapienza.
Construction students from Asheville 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 Asheville area alone, there are 210 employed painters, construction and maintenance earning an average salary of $26,900. Construction managers in this area earn $78,140/yr and there are 340 employed.
Asheville lies in Buncombe county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Asheville area has 169,720 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $17.31/hr average worker wage, and a $36,010 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.980 out of every 1000 jobs in Asheville are held by construction managers, and 1.218/1000 are held by painters, construction and maintenance.
Of the 5 construction schools with a 100-mile radius of Asheville, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Western Carolina University comes out as the most expensive ($7,622/yr) for construction students, with Wilkes Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,836/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Asheville|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||55.9 miles|
|Toccoa Falls||GA||-||1||28.3429||33||81.6 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||96.3 miles|