Houston, TX (population: 2,307,883) has three CAD schools within its city limits. ITT Technical Institute-Houston North, the highest ranked school in the city with a CAD program, has a total student population of 905. It is the 2049th highest ranked school in the USA and the 93rd highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
CAD students from Houston 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. In fact, in the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area alone, there are 3,390 employed architectural and civil drafters earning an average salary of $51,350. Drafters in this area earn $62,560/yr and there are 490 employed.
Houston lies in Harris county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area has 2,563,840 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $21.58/hr average worker wage, and a $44,880 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.191 out of every 1000 jobs in Houston are held by drafters, and 1.320/1000 are held by architectural and civil drafters.
Of the 3 CAD schools in Houston, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, ITT Technical Institute-Houston North comes out as the most expensive ($22,101/yr) for CAD students, with Westwood College-Houston South as the lowest, reported at only $21,073/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Houston|
|South Houston||TX||-||1||23.7623||5||11.9 miles|
|Missouri City||TX||77,622||0||-||0||16.5 miles|
|League City||TX||78,312||0||-||0||25.7 miles|
|The Woodlands||TX||101,065||1||14.626||77||27.6 miles|
|Texas City||TX||44,907||1||8.31197||63||35.9 miles|
|Prairie View||TX||-||1||50.8259||82||42.2 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||79.5 miles|