Buffalo, NY (population: 267,037) has seventeen event planning schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Harvard University, the highest ranked school in this group with an event planning program, has a total student population of 27,651. It is the highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Massachusetts.
Event Planning students from Buffalo schools who go on to become event planners, wedding planners, event managers, production planners, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 51,530 people working as meeting and convention planners alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $48,060. Also, General and operations managers make on average $110,550 per year and there are about 1,689,680 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area alone, there are 5,760 employed general and operations managers earning an average salary of $104,320. Meeting and convention planners in this area earn $40,640/yr and there are 150 employed.
Buffalo lies in Erie county, which is one of the 28 counties in New York. Overall, the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area has 534,300 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.69/hr average worker wage, and a $40,960 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.287 out of every 1000 jobs in Buffalo are held by meeting and convention planners, and 10.776/1000 are held by general and operations managers.
Of the 17 event planning schools with a 500-mile radius of Buffalo, only 7 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Pratt Institute-Main comes out as the most expensive ($35,506/yr) for event planning students, with CUNY New York City College of Technology as the lowest, reported at only $6,318/yr.