Cary, NC (population: 145,939) has twenty-six automotive schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive program, has a total student population of 7,330. It is the 3957th highest ranked school in the USA and the 72nd highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Automotive students from Cary 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.
Cary lies in Chatham county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Durham area has 275,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $24.27/hr average worker wage, and a $50,480 average annual salary.
Of the 26 automotive schools with a 100-mile radius of Cary, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Fayetteville Technical Community College comes out as the most expensive ($13,508/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 Cary|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||17.0 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||56.9 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||68.7 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||83.9 miles|