Roanoke, VA (population: 93,951) has six nutrition schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a nutrition 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 .
Nutrition students from Roanoke schools who go on to become nutritional scientists, nutritionists, holistic nutritionists, animal nutritionists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 53,220 people working as dietitians and nutritionists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $53,230. Also, Health educators make on average $49,060 per year and there are about 63,320 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Roanoke area alone, there are 50 employed health educators earning an average salary of $48,520. Dietitians and nutritionists in this area earn $48,890/yr and there are 60 employed.
Roanoke lies in Roanoke county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Roanoke area has 153,060 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.9% unemployment rate, $17.71/hr average worker wage, and a $36,840 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.421 out of every 1000 jobs in Roanoke are held by dietitians and nutritionists, and 0.312/1000 are held by health educators.
Of the 6 nutrition schools with a 100-mile radius of Roanoke, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Bridgewater College comes out as the most expensive ($17,668/yr) for nutrition students, with North Carolina A & T State University as the lowest, reported at only $5,860/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Roanoke|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||83.1 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||89.9 miles|