Little Rock, AR (population: 192,247) has three environmental engineering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Southern Arkansas University Tech, the highest ranked school in this group with an environmental engineering program, has a total student population of 2,007. It is the 3966th highest ranked school in the USA and the 43rd highest in the state of Arkansas (#1 is Harding University).
Environmental Engineering students from Little Rock schools who go on to become environmental engineers, environmental scientists, environmental specialists, environmental protection specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 50,610 people working as environmental engineers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $80,750. Also, Environmental scientists and specialists, including health make on average $67,360 per year and there are about 83,530 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area alone, there are 210 employed environmental scientists and specialists, including health earning an average salary of $53,500. Environmental engineers in this area earn $64,230/yr and there are 110 employed.
Little Rock lies in Pulaski county, which is one of the 57 counties in Arkansas. Overall, the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area has 330,720 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $38,470 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Little Rock are held by environmental engineers, and 1/1000 are held by environmental scientists and specialists, including health.
Of the 3 environmental engineering schools with a 100-mile radius of Little Rock, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Southern Arkansas University Tech comes out as the most expensive ($9,240/yr) for environmental engineering students, with East Arkansas Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,502/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Little Rock|
|North Little Rock||AR||59,309||4||19.2203||72||7.0 miles|
|Hot Springs||AR||-||2||23.3818||62||42.8 miles|