Hobbs, NM has two criminal justice schools within its city limits. University of the Southwest, the highest ranked school in the city with a criminal justice program, has a total student population of 528. It is the 803rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of New Mexico (#1 is New Mexico State University-Main Campus).
Criminal Justice students from Hobbs schools who go on to become criminal justice administrators, public prosecutors, public defenders, judges, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 12,610 people working as criminal justice and law enforcement teachers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $62,750. Also, Police and sheriff's patrol officers make on average $55,180 per year and there are about 641,590 of them employed in the US today.
Hobbs lies in Lea county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area has 124,970 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.6% unemployment rate, $16.53/hr average worker wage, and a $34,370 average annual salary.
Of the 2 criminal justice schools in Hobbs, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of the Southwest comes out as the most expensive ($15,047/yr) for criminal justice students, with New Mexico Junior College as the lowest, reported at only $6,554/yr.