Charlotte, NC (population: 723,514) has eight transportation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. North Carolina A & T State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a transportation program, has a total student population of 10,614. It is the 495th highest ranked school in the USA and the 18th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Transportation students from Charlotte schools who go on to become transportation directors, bus drivers, taxi cab drivers, train engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 92,380 people working as transportation, storage, and distribution managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $85,470. Also, Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks make on average $32,400 per year and there are about 142,500 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area alone, there are 1,010 employed reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks earning an average salary of $30,990. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers in this area earn $81,920/yr and there are 780 employed.
Charlotte lies in Mecklenburg county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area has 837,820 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.10/hr average worker wage, and a $43,890 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.930 out of every 1000 jobs in Charlotte are held by transportation, storage, and distribution managers, and 1.205/1000 are held by reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks.
Of the 8 transportation schools with a 100-mile radius of Charlotte, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Bob Jones University comes out as the most expensive ($13,970/yr) for transportation students, with Catawba Valley Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,186/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Charlotte|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||21.3 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||70.4 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||71.3 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||88.7 miles|