Hobbs, NM has seven forestry schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Texas A & M University, the highest ranked school in this group with a forestry program, has a total student population of 48,702. It is the 36th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Forestry students from Hobbs schools who go on to become forest technicians, foresters, urban foresters, area foresters, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 31,440 people working as forest and conservation technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $36,370. Also, Forestry and conservation science teachers make on average $72,290 per year and there are about 2,380 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 7 forestry schools with a 500-mile radius of Hobbs, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus comes out as the most expensive ($12,887/yr) for forestry students, with Kilgore College as the lowest, reported at only $2,728/yr.