Texas Colleges & Universities

Find out about universities, schools, and colleges in Texas. What are the biggest universities and what kind of job and salary can you expect when you graduate?

Why Texas is a Great Place to Learn: As you might expect from a state as large as Texas, there are hundreds of schools, universities, and colleges in Texas, ranging from large university campuses to smaller community, technical and professional colleges and schools specializing in subjects such as nursing, culinary arts and automotive repair. There is almost certainly a higher education campus in your part of Texas, but if the program you want is not available locally, there are excellent online programs offered by most universities, schools and colleges in Texas.

The five largest public universities in Texas by student population are:

  • • University of Texas at Austin
  • • Texas A & M University
  • • University of Houston
  • • University of North Texas
  • • Texas Tech University

The total student population at these Texas colleges is approximately 200,000.

Other national universities with colleges in Texas include The Art Institute, DeVry University, Strayer University, University of Phoenix, and Walden University.

What Can Your Texas Education Do For You? Texas has the world's eleventh largest economy, which continued to grow through most of 2008 despite the U.S. entering recession at the end of 2007, after which the Texas economy declined at a slower rate than the U.S. economy as a whole. So Texas is a good place to graduate and find employment.

The mean annual wage for all occupations in Texas was $41,100 in May 2009, compared to $43,460 nationally. More importantly, unemployment in Texas was 8.2 percent in July 2010, compared to 9.5 percent nationally.

In July 2010, the non-farm industries employing the most people in Texas were:

  • • Trade, Transport and Utilities (2,056,400)
  • • Government (1,854,600)
  • • Education & Health Services (1,385,100)
  • • Professional & Business Services (1,278,800)

The occupations employing the largest number of people in Texas in May, 2009, the largest subset within that occupation, and the highest earning occupation, were:

  • • Office and Administrative Support Occupations (1,787,920); General Office Clerks (233,500); First-Line Supervisors or Managers ($50,040).
  • • Sales and Related Occupations (1,113,010); Retail Salespersons (348,280); Sales Engineers (mean annual wage $95,080).
  • • Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations (876,010); Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food (250,060); Chefs and Head Cooks ($39,760).
  • • Education, Training, and Library Occupations (707,330); Elementary School Teachers (157,930); Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers (mean annual wage $115,170).
  • • Transportation and Material Moving Occupations (699,200); Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand (173,190); Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers ($121,250).
  • • Production Occupations (677,320); Team Assemblers (55,780); Power Plant Operators ($58,690).
  • • Construction and Extraction Occupations (576,690); Construction Laborers (106,470); First-Line Supervisors or Managers ($55,880).
  • • Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations (514,220); Registered Nurses (168,020); Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (mean annual wage $236,120).
  • • Management Occupations (455,370); General and Operations Managers (152,400); Chief Executives (mean annual wage $172,280).
  • • Business and Financial Operations Occupations (440,670); Accountants and Auditors (85,600); Personal Financial Advisors ($82,970).

These statistics illustrate the value of education: in general, the largest numbers of people are employed in the occupations that require lower levels of education and skills, while the higher salaries are reserved for those in occupations that required higher levels of education and training.

If you want to compete for the relatively small number of jobs with the highest salaries and arguably the higher levels of job satisfaction, check out the Texas schools and colleges near you today.

The writer Karin Mangan has been a freelance writer for several years. She has a PhD and a background in education and research.

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