Lake Charles has a total population of 71,757 and a student population of 11,268. Of these students, 8,638 are enrolled in schools that offer engineering programs.
Lake Charles's largest engineering school is McNeese State University. In 2010, McNeese State University graduated approximately 71 students with credentials in engineering.
A reported 114 students graduated with credentials in engineering in Lake Charles in 2010. 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 engineering schools was an average of $20,099 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,200 for engineering related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Lake Charles-based engineering schools, you will have an added expense of $4,674 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $8,187.
If you plan on staying in Lake Charles after graduating from engineering school, you should know that job prospects for engineers in Lake Charles, which is the most popular engineering profession, are not very good. In 2010, 1 out of every 18 engineers in Louisiana were working in the greater Lake Charles area. The government projects that the number of engineers in Lake Charles will increase by 4% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for engineers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as an engineer in Lake Charles is $69,380 per year. This is lower than the state-wide average salary for engineers.