Birmingham, AL (population: 226,152) has seven engineering schools within its city limits. Birmingham Southern College, the highest ranked school in the city with an engineering program, has a total student population of 1,549. It is the 215th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Alabama (#1 is Auburn University Main Campus).
Engineering students from Birmingham schools who go on to become engineers, audio engineers, aerospace engineers, automotive engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,412,730 people working as architecture and engineering employees alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $73,590. Also, Aerospace engineers make on average $96,270 per year and there are about 70,570 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Birmingham-Hoover area alone, there are ** employed aerospace engineers earning an average salary of $110,660. Architecture and engineering employees in this area earn $64,710/yr and there are 6,940 employed.
Birmingham lies in Jefferson county, which is one of the 67 counties in Alabama. Overall, the Birmingham-Hoover area has 494,530 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,060 average annual salary. Thus, about 14 out of every 1000 jobs in Birmingham are held by architecture and engineering employees, and **/1000 are held by aerospace engineers.
Of the 7 engineering schools in Birmingham, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia College-Birmingham comes out as the most expensive ($21,586/yr) for engineering students, with Jefferson State Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,192/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Birmingham|
|Alexander City||AL||-||1||11.6004||38||63.6 miles|
|Auburn University||AL||-||1||74.9047||131||99.5 miles|