Joplin, MO (population: 51,126) has two CAD schools within its city limits. Missouri Southern State University, the highest ranked school in the city with a CAD program, has a total student population of 5,701. It is the 3161st highest ranked school in the USA and the 93rd highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
CAD students from Joplin 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.
Joplin lies in Jasper county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Joplin area has 76,650 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.8% unemployment rate, $15.84/hr average worker wage, and a $32,940 average annual salary.
Of the 2 CAD schools in Joplin, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Vatterott College comes out as the most expensive ($15,987/yr) for CAD students, with Missouri Southern State University as the lowest, reported at only $8,461/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Joplin|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||53.8 miles|
|Siloam Springs||AR||-||1||66.9948||62||61.7 miles|