Bloomington, MN (population: 81,380) has fifteen drafting schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northwest Technical Institute, the highest ranked school in this group with a drafting program, has a total student population of 87. It is the 1441st highest ranked school in the USA and the 21st highest in the state of Minnesota (#1 is University of Minnesota-Twin Cities).
Drafting students from Bloomington schools who go on to become architects, architecture designers, drafters, landscape architects, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,412,730 people working as architecture and engineering employees alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $73,590. Also, Landscape architects make on average $65,910 per year and there are about 18,940 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington-WI area alone, there are 300 employed landscape architects earning an average salary of $58,150. Architecture and engineering employees in this area earn $70,890/yr and there are 36,610 employed.
Bloomington lies in Hennepin county, which is one of the 61 counties in Minnesota. Overall, the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington-WI area has 1,729,750 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.4% unemployment rate, $23.40/hr average worker wage, and a $48,670 average annual salary. Thus, about 21.168 out of every 1000 jobs in Bloomington are held by architecture and engineering employees, and 0.176/1000 are held by landscape architects.
Of the 15 drafting schools with a 100-mile radius of Bloomington, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Dunwoody College of Technology comes out as the most expensive ($23,022/yr) for drafting students, with Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $6,981/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Bloomington|
|Eden Prairie||MN||62,379||2||4.18307||19||7.0 miles|
|St Louis Park||MN||-||1||8.81324||12||8.3 miles|
|Saint Louis Park||MN||46,353||2||11.1178||24||8.5 miles|
|Mendota Heights||MN||-||2||22.3643||19||9.6 miles|
|Saint Paul||MN||281,501||17||26.5648||744||13.6 miles|
|Inver Grove Heights||MN||-||1||10.5306||43||13.7 miles|
|Brooklyn Center||MN||-||2||15.2653||32||17.0 miles|
|Brooklyn Park||MN||72,758||3||8.3746||127||19.4 miles|
|Maple Grove||MN||63,633||0||-||0||20.5 miles|
|White Bear Lake||MN||-||1||10.7099||66||23.3 miles|
|Lake Elmo||MN||-||1||0.0||0||24.4 miles|
|Saint Peter||MN||-||1||36.7798||76||47.7 miles|
|North Mankato||MN||-||1||14.452||54||57.5 miles|
|Saint Cloud||MN||67,771||3||25.374||204||64.8 miles|
|Pine City||MN||-||1||14.515||24||71.5 miles|
|Eau Claire||WI||66,106||3||29.3261||160||89.8 miles|