Columbia, SC (population: 130,246) has three appliance repair schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Augusta Technical College, the highest ranked school in this group with an appliance repair program, has a total student population of 5,028. It is the 4237th highest ranked school in the USA and the 90th highest in the state of Georgia (#1 is Emory University).
Appliance Repair students from Columbia 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 Columbia area alone, there are 1,780 employed firstline supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers earning an average salary of $54,860. Home appliance repairers in this area earn $28,320/yr and there are ** employed.
Columbia lies in Richland county, which is one of the 27 counties in South Carolina. Overall, the Columbia area has 334,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $18.76/hr average worker wage, and a $39,020 average annual salary. Thus, about ** out of every 1000 jobs in Columbia are held by home appliance repairers, and 5.325/1000 are held by firstline supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers.
Of the 3 appliance repair schools with a 100-mile radius of Columbia, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Central Piedmont Community College comes out as the most expensive ($9,798/yr) for appliance repair students, with Augusta Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $4,330/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Columbia|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||62.8 miles|
|North Augusta||SC||-||1||27.4739||4||72.2 miles|
|North Charleston||SC||99,930||3||24.6487||24||92.3 miles|