Petersburg, VA has two photography schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia Commonwealth University, the highest ranked school in this group with a photography 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).
Photography students from Petersburg schools who go on to become photogrammetric compilation specialists, photographers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 57,760 people working as photographers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $36,370.
Petersburg lies in Petersburg county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Richmond area has 595,920 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.03/hr average worker wage, and a $43,740 average annual salary.
Of the 2 photography schools with a 100-mile radius of Petersburg, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia Commonwealth University comes out as the most expensive ($15,907/yr) for photography students, with Thomas Nelson Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,617/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Petersburg|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||22.4 miles|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||50.2 miles|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||82.5 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||90.6 miles|