Texas has more than 365 post-secondary institutions, of which 74 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, 32 are public four-year colleges or universities and 13 are public community or technical colleges and 29 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 1,505 online certificate programs, 9,139 online associate programs, 10,926 online bachelor’s programs, 6,842 online master’s programs, 8,541 online professional programs, and 1,699 online doctoral programs. In these programs, students may study subjects ranging from creative writing to speech therapy to animation.
The state has about 1 million employed workers. The state’s biggest industries are:
- Administration: 11 percent
- Educational and healthcare services: 22 percent
- Retail trade: 12 percent
The average wage of Texas employees is approximately equal to the average wage for employees across the nation. The national average annual income is $42,871, while employees in Texas earn an average annual income of $42,220. The median income for employees is $31,490 per year. But, the top 10 percent of the state’s employees earn over $78,680 per year, while the bottom 10 percent earn under $16,620.
Tuition for online college courses varies based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program. The average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities in Texas was $4,526 per year. Public community and technical colleges charged students an average of $1,690 per year. Tuition for students at private accredited online colleges ranged from $7,000 to $33,120 per year.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional accreditation agency for Texas.
Texas, which is located in the Southern region of the United States, is named from a Caddo tribe word meaning “friends”. The 2nd largest state in the US, it has an area of 268,596 square miles. Approximately 60°F is Texas’s average annual temperature.
Of the states in the country, Texas has the 2nd largest population. The state has 254 counties and 25,145,561 residents living in these counties. About 45 percent of Texas’s population is under the age of 30. Also, it has one of the most diverse populations in the nation with about 55 percent of the population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.
The capital city of Texas is Austin. However, with a population of 2,099,451 residents, Houston is the state’s largest city. Approximately 11.98 percent of the state’s residents live in the Houston metropolitan area. Texas’s other big cities are San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, and Fort Worth.
Texas residents typically have a lower than average level of education as compared to those around the country. According to the 2010 Census, approximately 16 percent of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have graduated from high school, 3.5 percent have at least an associate degree, 2.7 percent have degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher, and 1 percent hold a graduate level degree.