Virginia Beach, VA (population: 439,564) has seventy-four travel and tourism schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. New York University, the highest ranked school in this group with a travel and tourism program, has a total student population of 43,404. It is the 13th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of New York (#1 is Columbia University in the City of New York).
Travel and Tourism students from Virginia Beach schools who go on to become travel agents, tourism agents, tourism specialists, tour guides, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 76,990 people working as travel agents alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $32,450. Also, Travel guides make on average $33,300 per year and there are about 4,270 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 100 employed travel guides earning an average salary of $26,130. Travel agents in this area earn $32,820/yr and there are 490 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 0.666 out of every 1000 jobs in Virginia Beach are held by travel agents, and 0.131/1000 are held by travel guides.
Of the 74 travel and tourism schools with a 500-mile radius of Virginia Beach, only 15 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, YTI Career Institute comes out as the most expensive ($41,895/yr) for travel and tourism students, with Lehigh Carbon Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,375/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|