Austin, TX (population: 792,778) has fifteen construction schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Oklahoma Norman Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a construction program, has a total student population of 25,881. It is the 919th highest ranked school in the USA and the 7th highest in the state of Oklahoma (#1 is Oklahoma City University).
Construction students from Austin schools who go on to become construction area managers, construction workers, construction professionals, construction superintendents, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 204,760 people working as construction managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $93,290. Also, Painters, construction and maintenance make on average $37,320 per year and there are about 214,240 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Austin-Round Rock area alone, there are 1,290 employed painters, construction and maintenance earning an average salary of $27,000. Construction managers in this area earn $72,350/yr and there are 2,430 employed.
Austin lies in Travis county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Austin-Round Rock area has 769,370 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $21.72/hr average worker wage, and a $45,180 average annual salary. Thus, about 3.156 out of every 1000 jobs in Austin are held by construction managers, and 1.681/1000 are held by painters, construction and maintenance.
Of the 15 construction schools with a 500-mile radius of Austin, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Westwood College-Houston South comes out as the most expensive ($21,073/yr) for construction students, with Kiamichi Technology Center-Hugo as the lowest, reported at only $3,500/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Austin|
|Cedar Park||TX||72,258||0||-||0||14.6 miles|
|San Antonio||TX||1,402,013||34||23.3851||958||74.4 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||88.2 miles|