What You Should Know About Graduating From College in New Mexico
When deciding where to attend school, prospective students should consider whether the state they pursue their education has job opportunities for them after they graduate. In New Mexico, nearly 190,000 people work in government jobs, making it the largest industry in the state. Other top industries include education and health services; trade, transportation, and utilities; professional and business services; and goods-producing.
Within these industries, there are numerous fast-growing careers for those with bachelor’s degrees. Between 2016 and 2026, the five careers that are projected to experience the most growth include information security analysts, operations research analysts, software developers, market research analysts and marketing specialists, and medical and health services managers.
New Mexico has several large employers that provide job opportunities after graduation. Some of the largest employers include Sandia Corporation, Presbyterian Hospital, Albuquerque Police Department, TriCore Reference Laboratories, and the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.
The majority of New Mexico students receive financial aid to help fund their education. We’ve put together a list of resources that provide information on need- and merit-based scholarships, grants, and student loans.
- New Mexico Higher Education Department. This department offers informational resources on state financial aid opportunities and provides funding for educational expenses. Through the website, students can learn about programs such as loan-for-service, loan repayment, scholarships, and grants.
- Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA application helps the U.S. Department of Education determine whether an individual qualifies for need-based financial aid such as student loans and scholarships. Click here to determine whether you’re eligible to fill out a FAFSA and here to submit an online application.
- CareerOneStop. CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and provides robust information on financial aid options. Visitors can filter their results according to their level of study, the type of award they’re seeking, where they live, and where they intend to study.