Chattanooga, TN (population: 173,001) has seventeen automotive and mechanics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Tennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive and mechanics program, has a total student population of 372. It is the 1584th highest ranked school in the USA and the 28th highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Automotive and Mechanics students from Chattanooga 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 Chattanooga-GA area alone, there are 180 employed automotive body and related repairers earning an average salary of $34,100. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $32,390/yr and there are 1,030 employed.
Chattanooga lies in Hamilton county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Chattanooga-GA area has 222,890 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.1% unemployment rate, $17.78/hr average worker wage, and a $36,990 average annual salary. Thus, about 4.615 out of every 1000 jobs in Chattanooga are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 0.814/1000 are held by automotive body and related repairers.
Of the 17 automotive and mechanics schools with a 100-mile radius of Chattanooga, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Southern Adventist University comes out as the most expensive ($18,911/yr) for automotive and mechanics students, with Northeast Alabama Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,367/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Chattanooga|
|Rock Spring||GA||-||1||1.08982||0||17.0 miles|
|Mount Berry||GA||-||1||63.3969||60||55.2 miles|
|North Atlanta||GA||51,827||0||-||0||99.1 miles|