Las Vegas is not just for high rollers. It is a thriving, diverse city with plenty of higher education opportunities. The city, home to 564,484 people, was built on an oasis that sits in the middle of the Mojave Desert--with desert-extreme temperatures that can reach as high as 115 degrees in the summer. Sin City, as Las Vegas is nicknamed, is an entertainment Mecca, with world famous casinos, top rated restaurants, and five-star hotels. There is also a sophisticated side to the city, which hosts two outstanding fine art galleries: the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art and the Left of Center Art Gallery and Studio. Students at Las Vegas schools can also take advantage of plenty of activities outside the city when the blistering summer subsides: the snowy Rocky Mountains ring the city and a variety of parks offer opportunities for rock climbing, hiking, and boating.
Studying at schools in Las Vegas, NV
The largest Las Vegas colleges and universities include:
- College of Southern Nevada
- University of Nevada--Las Vegas
There are also several well-known training schools in the city including the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, the International Academy of Design and Technology, and the Casino Gaming School.
Working in Las Vegas, NV
Working in a city known as the 'gaming capital of the world' is not all fun and games. There is a serious side to the city that plays a major role in the economy. Construction, manufacturing, high technology, and financial services have traditionally been strong businesses in the region, offering employment opportunities for graduates of Las Vegas colleges. The mean annual wage for 2009 in Las Vegas is $40,070, lower than the national average of $43,460. However, Las Vegas has taken a hard hit during the recession; unemployment rates have hit a high of 14.8 percent (as of July 2010), well above the national average of 9.5 percent for the same month. Despite the economic downturn, tourism remains the major driver the Las Vegas economy (approximately 37 million people visit the city each year according to University of Nevada's Center for Business and Economic Research Center). Although gaming, entertainment, and tourism is the largest industry in Las Vegas, the single largest employer is the Las Vegas public school system, the Clark County School District.