With an overall population of 71,757 and a student population of 11,268, approximately 8,638 of Lake Charles students attend one of Lake Charles's schools that offer chemistry programs.
The largest chemistry school in Lake Charles, by student population, is McNeese State University. Approximately 12 students graduated in 2010 from McNeese State University with credentials in chemistry.
In 2010, 21 students graduated with a chemistry degree in Lake Charles. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $13,427 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Lake Charles chemistry schools was an average of $20,099 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,200 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a chemistry program in Lake Charles. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $4,674 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $8,187.
After graduating with your credentials in chemistry, if you decide to work as a chemist in Lake Charles, your job prospects are not very good. In 2010, there were 3,760 chemists in Louisiana. Of these chemists, 910 were working in the greater Lake Charles area. Lake Charles's chemist workforce is projected to decrease by -9% by the year 2018. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for chemists.
As a chemist in Lake Charles, you can expect to make an average salary of $64,480 per year. This is higher than the average salary for chemists in the state.