Rio Rancho, NM (population: 85,837) has ten computer forensics 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 computer forensics 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 .
Computer Forensics students from Rio Rancho schools who go on to become computer forensics specialists, computer security specialists, computer and information scientists, computer support specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 512,720 people working as computer systems analysts alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $80,430. Also, Computer specialists make on average $78,010 per year and there are about 195,890 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Albuquerque area alone, there are 550 employed computer specialists earning an average salary of $81,010. Computer systems analysts in this area earn $73,360/yr and there are 960 employed.
Rio Rancho lies in Sandoval 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 2.512 out of every 1000 jobs in Rio Rancho are held by computer systems analysts, and 1.427/1000 are held by computer specialists.
Of the 10 computer forensics schools with a 100-mile radius of Rio Rancho, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-New Mexico Campus comes out as the most expensive ($22,023/yr) for computer forensics students, with Navajo Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $2,488/yr.