Vancouver, WA (population: 169,603) has ten project management schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Centralia College, the highest ranked school in this group with a project management program, has a total student population of 3,574. It is the 4249th highest ranked school in the USA and the 65th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Project Management students from Vancouver schools who go on to become construction managers, project managers, construction professionals, construction area managers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 204,760 people working as construction managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $93,290. Also, Construction laborers make on average $33,190 per year and there are about 856,440 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 6,290 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $35,100. Construction managers in this area earn $90,150/yr and there are 1,570 employed.
Vancouver lies in Clark county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.581 out of every 1000 jobs in Vancouver are held by construction managers, and 6.328/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 10 project management schools with a 100-mile radius of Vancouver, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Oregon Campus comes out as the most expensive ($23,549/yr) for project management students, with Clackamas Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,722/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Vancouver|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||18.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||70.7 miles|