Southaven, MS (population: 47,625) has two video game schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Harding University, the highest ranked school in this group with a video game program, has a total student population of 6,484. It is the 224th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Arkansas.
Video Game students from Southaven 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. In fact, in the Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are 1,090 employed computer software engineers, systems software earning an average salary of $73,590. Computer software engineers, applications in this area earn $72,760/yr and there are 470 employed.
Southaven lies in DeSoto county, which is one of the 35 counties in Mississippi. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.772 out of every 1000 jobs in Southaven are held by computer software engineers, applications, and 1.808/1000 are held by computer software engineers, systems software.
Of the 2 video game schools with a 100-mile radius of Southaven, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Harding University comes out as the most expensive ($13,745/yr) for video game students, with Northwest Mississippi Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,877/yr.