Carbondale has a general population of 20,681 and an overall student population of 20,350. Approximately 20,350 of Carbondale's students are enrolled in schools that offer mechanical engineering programs.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale is the largest mechanical engineering school in Carbondale, based on student population. Approximately 52 students graduated in 2010 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with credentials in mechanical engineering.
In 2010, 52 students graduated with a mechanical engineering degree in Carbondale. Tuition in 2009 at Carbondale's mechanical engineering schools was $21,913 per year for instate students and $32,848 per year for out of state students.
You should also anticipate spending about $900 for mechanical engineering related books and supplies every year. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $8,082 per year, on average, for room and board at Carbondale-based mechanical engineering schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
If you plan on staying in Carbondale after graduating from mechanical engineering school, you should know that job prospects for mechanical engineers in Carbondale, which is the most popular mechanical engineering profession, are not very good. In 2010, there were 8,230 mechanical engineers in Illinois. Of these mechanical engineers, 110 were working in the greater Carbondale area. By the year 2018, the number of mechanical engineers is expected to increase by 1% in Carbondale. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for mechanical engineers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a mechanical engineer in Carbondale is $59,970 per year, which is lower than the average for mechanical engineers state-wide.