Alamogordo, NM has six automotive and mechanics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Western Technical College, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive and mechanics program, has a total student population of 958. It is the 1162nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 52nd highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Automotive and Mechanics students from Alamogordo 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 Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 150 employed automotive body and related repairers earning an average salary of $33,440. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $30,780/yr and there are 700 employed.
Alamogordo lies in Otero county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area has 124,970 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.6% unemployment rate, $16.53/hr average worker wage, and a $34,370 average annual salary. Thus, about 5.613 out of every 1000 jobs in Alamogordo are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 1.215/1000 are held by automotive body and related repairers.
Of the 6 automotive and mechanics schools with a 100-mile radius of Alamogordo, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Western Technical College comes out as the most expensive ($24,585/yr) for automotive and mechanics students, with El Paso Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,368/yr.