El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has eight construction schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Western Technology Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a construction program, has a total student population of 586. It is the 1332nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 20th highest in the state of Oklahoma (#1 is Oklahoma City University).
Construction students from El Paso schools who go on to become construction area managers, construction workers, construction professionals, construction superintendents, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 204,760 people working as construction managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $93,290. Also, Painters, construction and maintenance make on average $37,320 per year and there are about 214,240 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the El Paso area alone, there are 560 employed painters, construction and maintenance earning an average salary of $23,690. Construction managers in this area earn $69,420/yr and there are 580 employed.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.166 out of every 1000 jobs in El Paso are held by construction managers, and 2.073/1000 are held by painters, construction and maintenance.
Of the 8 construction schools with a 500-mile radius of El Paso, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Western Technology Center comes out as the most expensive ($13,800/yr) for construction students, with Yavapai College as the lowest, reported at only $4,664/yr.