Banner Elk, NC has twenty-eight automotive schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Tennessee Technology Center at Morristown, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive program, has a total student population of 825. It is the 1994th highest ranked school in the USA and the 45th highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Automotive students from Banner Elk 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.
Banner Elk lies in Avery county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area has 195,830 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $15.74/hr average worker wage, and a $32,740 average annual salary.
Of the 28 automotive schools with a 100-mile radius of Banner Elk, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, NASCAR Technical Institute comes out as the most expensive ($59,940/yr) for automotive students, with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College as the lowest, reported at only $76/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Banner Elk|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||91.0 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||97.0 miles|