Wichita, KS (population: 374,803) has fifteen video game design schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Texas A & M University, the highest ranked school in this group with a video game design program, has a total student population of 48,702. It is the 36th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Video Game Design students from Wichita schools who go on to become video game designers, game developers, video game developers, video game engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 495,500 people working as computer software engineers, applications alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $90,170. Also, Computer software engineers, systems software make on average $96,620 per year and there are about 385,200 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Wichita area alone, there are 460 employed computer software engineers, systems software earning an average salary of $81,190. Computer software engineers, applications in this area earn $67,480/yr and there are 850 employed.
Wichita lies in Sedgwick county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Wichita area has 295,670 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $18.81/hr average worker wage, and a $39,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.871 out of every 1000 jobs in Wichita are held by computer software engineers, applications, and 1.540/1000 are held by computer software engineers, systems software.
Of the 15 video game design schools with a 500-mile radius of Wichita, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Colorado comes out as the most expensive ($38,252/yr) for video game design students, with Lewis and Clark Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,268/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Wichita|
|North Newton||KS||-||1||30.3056||44||26.4 miles|
|El Dorado||KS||-||2||14.14||133||27.6 miles|
|Arkansas City||KS||-||1||16.4747||36||46.5 miles|
|Ponca City||OK||-||2||30.535||26||69.4 miles|
|Great Bend||KS||-||1||20.0068||110||90.6 miles|