Dobson, NC has eight construction schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a construction program, has a total student population of 30,870. It is the 61st highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Construction students from Dobson 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 Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 210 employed painters, construction and maintenance earning an average salary of $27,900. Construction managers in this area earn $84,090/yr and there are 300 employed.
Dobson lies in Surry county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area has 195,830 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $15.74/hr average worker wage, and a $32,740 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.518 out of every 1000 jobs in Dobson are held by construction managers, and 1.077/1000 are held by painters, construction and maintenance.
Of the 8 construction schools with a 100-mile radius of Dobson, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University comes out as the most expensive ($14,429/yr) for construction students, with Wytheville Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,335/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Dobson|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||33.6 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||49.5 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||66.1 miles|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||99.3 miles|