Rio Rancho, NM (population: 85,837) has six automotive and mechanics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Navajo Technical College, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive and mechanics program, has a total student population of 751. It is the 1715th highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of New Mexico (#1 is New Mexico State University-Main Campus).
Automotive and Mechanics students from Rio Rancho 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 Albuquerque area alone, there are 370 employed automotive body and related repairers earning an average salary of $36,500. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $35,070/yr and there are 1,950 employed.
Rio Rancho lies in Sandoval county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary. Thus, about 5.116 out of every 1000 jobs in Rio Rancho are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 0.977/1000 are held by automotive body and related repairers.
Of the 6 automotive and mechanics schools with a 100-mile radius of Rio Rancho, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Central New Mexico Community College comes out as the most expensive ($10,387/yr) for automotive and mechanics students, with Navajo Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $2,488/yr.