Parker, CO (population: 47,600) has fourteen automotive and mechanics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. United States Air Force Academy, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive and mechanics program, has a total student population of 4,620. It is the 80th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Automotive and Mechanics students from Parker schools who go on to become automotive mechanics, automotive engineers, automotive technicians, mechanics, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 606,990 people working as automotive service technicians and mechanics alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $37,880. Also, Automotive body and related repairers make on average $41,020 per year and there are about 133,290 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Denver-Aurora area alone, there are 1,460 employed automotive body and related repairers earning an average salary of $44,770. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $39,540/yr and there are 5,510 employed.
Parker lies in Douglas county, which is one of the 55 counties in Colorado. Overall, the Denver-Aurora area has 1,218,790 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $23/hr average worker wage, and a $48,560 average annual salary. Thus, about 5 out of every 1000 jobs in Parker are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 1/1000 are held by automotive body and related repairers.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, United States Air Force Academy comes out as the most expensive ($/yr) for automotive and mechanics students, with Arapahoe Community College as the lowest, reported at only $9,279/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Parker|
|Lone Tree||CO||-||1||9.20591||39||7.5 miles|
|Castle Rock||CO||49,815||0||-||0||10.2 miles|
|Highlands Ranch||CO||129,817||0||-||0||11.5 miles|
|Greenwood Village||CO||-||2||15.5036||87||12.6 miles|
|Commerce City||CO||46,807||0||-||0||25.6 miles|
|Colorado Springs||CO||388,306||17||23.417||343||45.0 miles|
|Fort Collins||CO||141,921||5||27.6422||154||74.5 miles|