Pikeville, KY has eight video game schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Appalachian State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a video game program, has a total student population of 16,968. It is the 130th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Video Game students from Pikeville schools who go on to become video game developers, game designers, video game designers, game developers, 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.
Pikeville lies in Pike county, which is one of the 55 counties in Kentucky. Overall, the East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area has 119,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.6% unemployment rate, $16.72/hr average worker wage, and a $34,780 average annual salary.
Of the 8 video game schools with a 100-mile radius of Pikeville, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Rio Grande comes out as the most expensive ($21,986/yr) for video game students, with Putnam Career and Technical Center as the lowest, reported at only $2,184/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Pikeville|
|Mount Gay||WV||-||1||9.61491||36||37.5 miles|
|New Boston||OH||-||1||21.3268||7||90.9 miles|
|Rio Grande||OH||-||3||18.3873||146||97.1 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||97.8 miles|