Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has two civil engineering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of New Mexico-Main Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a civil engineering program, has a total student population of 27,241. It is the 1620th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Civil Engineering students from Albuquerque schools who go on to become civil engineers, civil engineering technicians, civil engineering designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 259,320 people working as civil engineers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $81,180. Also, Civil engineering technicians make on average $47,420 per year and there are about 82,690 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Albuquerque area alone, there are 450 employed civil engineering technicians earning an average salary of $45,500. Civil engineers in this area earn $84,020/yr and there are 1,100 employed.
Albuquerque lies in Bernalillo county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.877 out of every 1000 jobs in Albuquerque are held by civil engineers, and 1.169/1000 are held by civil engineering technicians.
Of the 2 civil engineering schools with a 100-mile radius of Albuquerque, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of New Mexico-Main Campus comes out as the most expensive ($10,302/yr) for civil engineering students, with New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology as the lowest, reported at only $7,906/yr.