Lake Charles, LA (population: 71,903) has three audio schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Lamar University, the highest ranked school in this group with an audio program, has a total student population of 13,992. It is the 602nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 29th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Audio students from Lake Charles schools who go on to become audio professionals, audio production engineers, audio engineers, audio recording professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 46,070 people working as audio and video equipment technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $42,450. Also, Sound engineering technicians make on average $53,940 per year and there are about 15,560 of them employed in the US today.
Lake Charles lies in Calcasieu county, which is one of the 46 counties in Louisiana. Overall, the Lake Charles area has 89,840 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.6% unemployment rate, $17.28/hr average worker wage, and a $35,940 average annual salary.
Of the 3 audio schools with a 100-mile radius of Lake Charles, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lamar University comes out as the most expensive ($14,675/yr) for audio students, with University of Louisiana at Lafayette as the lowest, reported at only $5,042/yr.