Tuscaloosa has a general population of 77,906 and an overall student population of 35,548. Approximately 28,699 of Tuscaloosa's students are enrolled in schools that offer mechanical engineering programs.
Tuscaloosa's largest mechanical engineering school is The University of Alabama. In 2010, The University of Alabama graduated approximately 96 students with credentials in mechanical engineering.
In 2010, 96 students graduated with a mechanical engineering degree in Tuscaloosa. If you decide to attend one of Tuscaloosa's mechanical engineering schools, you can expect to pay an average of $21,565 per year in instate tuition and $33,765 per year in out of state tuition.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,100 for mechanical engineering related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Tuscaloosa-based mechanical engineering schools, you will have an added expense of $6,894 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
If you plan on staying in Tuscaloosa after graduating from mechanical engineering school, you should know that job prospects for mechanical engineers in Tuscaloosa, which is the most popular mechanical engineering profession, are good. In 2010, 1 out of every 26 mechanical engineers in Alabama were working in the greater Tuscaloosa area. The government projects that the number of mechanical engineers in Tuscaloosa will increase by 16% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for mechanical engineers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a mechanical engineer in Tuscaloosa is $68,330 per year. This is lower than the state-wide average salary for mechanical engineers.