Mitchell, SD has two automotive schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Lake Area Technical Institute, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive program, has a total student population of 1,291. It is the 1099th highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of South Dakota (#1 is Augustana College).
Automotive students from Mitchell 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.
Mitchell lies in Davison county, which is one of the 37 counties in South Dakota. Overall, the Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area has 123,140 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $15.15/hr average worker wage, and a $31,510 average annual salary.
Of the 2 automotive schools with a 100-mile radius of Mitchell, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Southeast Technical Institute comes out as the most expensive ($9,672/yr) for automotive students, with Lake Area Technical Institute as the lowest, reported at only $9,078/yr.