Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has two automotive and mechanics schools within its city limits. Tennessee Technology Center at Memphis, the highest ranked school in the city with an automotive and mechanics program, has a total student population of 787. It is the 3634th highest ranked school in the USA and the 102nd highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Automotive and Mechanics students from Memphis 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 Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are 720 employed automotive body and related repairers earning an average salary of $45,070. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $38,400/yr and there are 2,820 employed.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 4.659 out of every 1000 jobs in Memphis are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 1.181/1000 are held by automotive body and related repairers.
Of the 2 automotive and mechanics schools in Memphis, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Tennessee Technology Center at Memphis comes out as the most expensive ($10,620/yr) for automotive and mechanics students, with Southwest Tennessee Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,338/yr.