Virginia Beach, VA (population: 439,564) has three pharmacy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia Commonwealth University, the highest ranked school in this group with a pharmacy program, has a total student population of 32,172. It is the 222nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Pharmacy students from Virginia Beach schools who go on to become pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy professionals, pharmacist in charges, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 267,860 people working as pharmacists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $106,630. Also, Pharmacy aides make on average $22,330 per year and there are about 52,230 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 260 employed pharmacy aides earning an average salary of $19,810. Pharmacists in this area earn $112,900/yr and there are 1,290 employed.
Virginia Beach lies in Virginia Beach county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.752 out of every 1000 jobs in Virginia Beach are held by pharmacists, and 0.347/1000 are held by pharmacy aides.
Of the 3 pharmacy schools with a 100-mile radius of Virginia Beach, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Hampton University comes out as the most expensive ($18,524/yr) for pharmacy students, with Virginia Commonwealth University as the lowest, reported at only $15,907/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Virginia Beach|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||35.1 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||90.3 miles|