Altoona has a total population of 49,523 and a student population of 4,782. Of these students, 4,182 are enrolled in schools that offer visual communications programs.
The largest visual communications school in Altoona, by student population, is Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona. Approximately 4 students graduated in 2010 from Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona with credentials in visual communications.
A total of 6 students graduated with credentials in visual communications from visual communications schools in Altoona in 2010. Tuition in 2009 at Altoona's visual communications schools was $26,854 per year for instate students and $33,182 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,360 for visual communications related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $8,790 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $17,692.
If you plan on staying in Altoona after graduating from visual communications school, you should know that job prospects for visual communications professionals in Altoona, which is the most popular visual communications profession, are not very good. There were 10,550 visual communications professionals working in Pennsylvania and 80 working in the greater Altoona area in 2010. The government projects that the number of visual communications professionals in Altoona will decrease by -1% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for visual communications professionals.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a visual communications professional in Altoona is $30,980 per year. This is lower than the state-wide average salary for visual communications professionals.