Tuscaloosa, AL (population: 93,932) has two CAD schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia College-Birmingham, the highest ranked school in this group with a CAD program, has a total student population of 7,060. It is the 2492nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 18th highest in the state of Alabama (#1 is Auburn University Main Campus).
CAD students from Tuscaloosa schools who go on to become drafters, architects, computer aided designers, project architects, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 18,290 people working as drafters alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $48,210. Also, Architectural and civil drafters make on average $47,710 per year and there are about 105,320 of them employed in the US today.
Tuscaloosa lies in Tuscaloosa county, which is one of the 67 counties in Alabama. Overall, the Tuscaloosa area has 89,970 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $36,430 average annual salary.
Of the 2 CAD schools with a 100-mile radius of Tuscaloosa, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, ITT Technical Institute-Bessemer comes out as the most expensive ($22,083/yr) for CAD students, with Virginia College-Birmingham as the lowest, reported at only $21,586/yr.