Olathe, KS (population: 125,326) has thirteen automotive schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Grand River Technical School, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive program, has a total student population of 102. It is the 750th highest ranked school in the USA and the 15th highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
Automotive students from Olathe schools who go on to become automotive technicians, automotive engineers, mechanics, automotive specialists, 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, Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles make on average $29,880 per year and there are about 17,090 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Kansas City-KS area alone, there are 60 employed electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles earning an average salary of $39,730. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $38,580/yr and there are 4,870 employed.
Olathe lies in Johnson county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 4.924 out of every 1000 jobs in Olathe are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 0.062/1000 are held by electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles.
Of the 13 automotive schools with a 100-mile radius of Olathe, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Saline County Career Center comes out as the most expensive ($17,820/yr) for automotive students, with Metropolitan Community College-Longview as the lowest, reported at only $2,964/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Olathe|
|Kansas City||MO||454,520||32||15.0915||547||21.2 miles|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||21.3 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||23.0 miles|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||30.4 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||60.2 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||72.9 miles|