South Orange, NJ has five landscape design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Temple University, the highest ranked school in this group with a landscape design program, has a total student population of 36,507. It is the 105th highest ranked school in the USA and the 6th highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Landscape Design students from South Orange schools who go on to become landscape designers, landscape architects, landscapers, landscape supervisors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 10,510 people working as designers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,420. Also, Landscaping and groundskeeping workers make on average $25,340 per year and there are about 859,960 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Newark-Union-PA Metropolitan area alone, there are 7,520 employed landscaping and groundskeeping workers earning an average salary of $28,580. Designers in this area earn $35,400/yr and there are 190 employed.
South Orange lies in Essex county, which is one of the 11 counties in New Jersey. Overall, the Newark-Union-PA Metropolitan area has 974,700 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.6% unemployment rate, $25.36/hr average worker wage, and a $52,760 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.193 out of every 1000 jobs in South Orange are held by designers, and 7.715/1000 are held by landscaping and groundskeeping workers.
Of the 5 landscape design schools with a 100-mile radius of South Orange, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Temple University comes out as the most expensive ($15,715/yr) for landscape design students, with Bergen Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,688/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from South Orange|
|West Orange||NJ||49,330||0||-||0||2.8 miles|
|West Paterson||NJ||-||1||20.7455||20||10.3 miles|
|Jersey City||NJ||242,594||10||25.9195||190||10.9 miles|
|North Bergen||NJ||59,771||0||-||0||12.4 miles|
|Staten Island||NY||-||3||40.1655||127||12.9 miles|
|West New York||NJ||47,282||1||33.6373||6||14.8 miles|
|Perth Amboy||NJ||49,138||1||20.4079||6||15.8 miles|
|Long Island City||NY||-||4||18.9499||59||16.4 miles|
|New York City||NY||8,459,026||86||26.2632||1,528||17.7 miles|