Charlotte, NC (population: 723,514) has four game design schools within its city limits. Queens University of Charlotte, the highest ranked school in the city with a game design program, has a total student population of 2,568. It is the 407th highest ranked school in the USA and the 16th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Game Design students from Charlotte schools who go on to become video game engineers, game designers, video game designers, game developers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 495,500 people working as computer software engineers, applications alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $90,170. Also, Computer software engineers, systems software make on average $96,620 per year and there are about 385,200 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area alone, there are 2,560 employed computer software engineers, systems software earning an average salary of $96,350. Computer software engineers, applications in this area earn $89,370/yr and there are 3,070 employed.
Charlotte lies in Mecklenburg county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area has 837,820 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.10/hr average worker wage, and a $43,890 average annual salary. Thus, about 3.664 out of every 1000 jobs in Charlotte are held by computer software engineers, applications, and 3.053/1000 are held by computer software engineers, systems software.
Of the 4 game design schools in Charlotte, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Charlotte comes out as the most expensive ($31,116/yr) for game design students, with Central Piedmont Community College as the lowest, reported at only $9,798/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Charlotte|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||21.3 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||70.4 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||71.3 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||88.7 miles|