Asheville, NC (population: 75,836) has five appliance repair schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Bob Jones University, the highest ranked school in this group with an appliance repair program, has a total student population of 3,956. It is the 2593rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 30th highest in the state of South Carolina (#1 is Clemson University).
Appliance Repair students from Asheville schools who go on to become appliance technicians, appliance repairers, machine repairmen, refrigeration mechanics, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 34,670 people working as home appliance repairers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $35,590. Also, Firstline supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers make on average $60,630 per year and there are about 427,560 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Asheville area alone, there are 630 employed firstline supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers earning an average salary of $56,150. Home appliance repairers in this area earn $40,700/yr and there are 50 employed.
Asheville lies in Buncombe county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Asheville area has 169,720 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $17.31/hr average worker wage, and a $36,010 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.291 out of every 1000 jobs in Asheville are held by home appliance repairers, and 3.721/1000 are held by firstline supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers.
Of the 5 appliance repair schools with a 100-mile radius of Asheville, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Bob Jones University comes out as the most expensive ($13,970/yr) for appliance repair students, with Blue Ridge Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,400/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Asheville|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||55.9 miles|
|Toccoa Falls||GA||-||1||28.3429||33||81.6 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||96.3 miles|