Austin, TX (population: 792,778) has two game design schools within its city limits. Saint Edward's University, the highest ranked school in the city with a game design program, has a total student population of 5,293. It is the 242nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Game Design students from Austin schools who go on to become video game engineers, game designers, video game designers, game developers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 495,500 people working as computer software engineers, applications alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $90,170. Also, Computer software engineers, systems software make on average $96,620 per year and there are about 385,200 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Austin-Round Rock area alone, there are 5,660 employed computer software engineers, systems software earning an average salary of $97,490. Computer software engineers, applications in this area earn $92,810/yr and there are 6,730 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 8.752 out of every 1000 jobs in Austin are held by computer software engineers, applications, and 7.354/1000 are held by computer software engineers, systems software.
Of the 2 game design schools in Austin, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Austin comes out as the most expensive ($31,834/yr) for game design students, with Saint Edward's University as the lowest, reported at only $20,510/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|