Beckley, WV has seven environmental engineering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the highest ranked school in this group with an environmental engineering 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 .
Environmental Engineering students from Beckley schools who go on to become environmental engineers, environmental scientists, environmental specialists, environmental protection specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 50,610 people working as environmental engineers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $80,750. Also, Environmental scientists and specialists, including health make on average $67,360 per year and there are about 83,530 of them employed in the US today.
Beckley lies in Raleigh county, which is one of the 16 counties in West Virginia. Overall, the Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area has 131,050 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $15.85/hr average worker wage, and a $32,960 average annual salary.
Of the 7 environmental engineering schools with a 100-mile radius of Beckley, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Charleston comes out as the most expensive ($24,334/yr) for environmental engineering students, with Ralph R Willis Career and Technical Center as the lowest, reported at only $4,104/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Beckley|
|Mount Gay||WV||-||1||9.61491||36||45.1 miles|
|Rio Grande||OH||-||3||18.3873||146||99.9 miles|