Joplin, MO (population: 51,126) has forty-nine software engineering schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Loyola University Chicago, the highest ranked school in this group with a software engineering program, has a total student population of 15,879. It is the 144th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Software Engineering students from Joplin schools who go on to become software engineers, software developers, game software developers, computer software engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 385,200 people working as computer software engineers, systems software alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $96,620. Also, Computer programmers make on average $74,690 per year and there are about 367,880 of them employed in the US today.
Joplin lies in Jasper county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Joplin area has 76,650 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.8% unemployment rate, $15.84/hr average worker wage, and a $32,940 average annual salary.
Of the 49 software engineering schools with a 500-mile radius of Joplin, only 10 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology comes out as the most expensive ($33,304/yr) for software engineering students, with Colby Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,131/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Joplin|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||53.8 miles|
|Siloam Springs||AR||-||1||66.9948||62||61.7 miles|