Colleges and Universities in Texas
While many states have experienced a population decline, Texas gained almost 5 million people since 2000. That's an increase of more than 20 percent. Although the oil industry isn't what it once was, Texas remains a leader in energy research and production. It's a pretty tech-oriented place as well. Dell and Texas Instruments are both based in Texas, there's NASA's Johnson Space Center, and the state even has a burgeoning video game industry. Texas has large universities, like the University of Texas, small, intimate colleges, historically black colleges and agricultural colleges (Texas A&M, anyone?). The state has more than 40 public universities but is also home to another 40-plus private universities and colleges. Two year-schools run the gamut but approximately 80 options are available within the state.
Building your career in Texas
In 2010, Texas added more new jobs than any other state in the country. It's a leader in agribusiness, financial services, aviation and chemical manufacturing. More than 50 Fortune 500 companies are based in Texas, including AT&T, Exxon Mobil, Halliburton, Southwest Airlines, Sysco, Whole Foods and more. Jobs with the most openings for college-educated graduates were in fields for accountants and auditors, general and operations managers, management analysts and more. According to 2010 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mean earned wages for those occupations and other fields with the largest number of job openings included:
- Accountants: $68,090
- Computer software engineers, applications: $91,160
- Computer systems analysts: $81,460
- Lawyers: $128,650
- Management analysts: $87,850
- Securities, commodities and financial services sales agents: $82,360
Texas' economy is in recovery, according to data from Moody's Analytics and this could be favorable for graduates of colleges and universities in Texas who want to stick around.