New Mexico is a state in the southwestern part of the United States. New Mexico is statistically the 36th highest populated and sixth least densely populated state in the country. The largest cities in the state are Albequerque, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and Roswell. Aside from Albequerque and Las Cruces, these states have populations of less than 100,000 people, highlighting the small nature of New Mexico. While you may be able to find solid security jobs in this state, it is likely that you will have to do so in the top two cities. Finding a great job in Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Roswell, or a smaller city may be a difficult task, especially if you have just moved to the area.
Security jobs are available in New Mexico in a variety of industries. Working for a security company is a solid bet, especially if you are looking to take on full time work. However, working as a security guard for a company, store, or business can also be fruitful. Security guard jobs only pay a monthly wage, usually between $10-$15, but they allow for flexible hours. A security guard job is something that can compliment your college life. Taking classes in the day, studying/resting in the afternoon/evening, and working as a security guard at night is a plan that could see you through your two to four years of college.
There are higher paying security jobs on offer, but it would be a good idea for you to get your bachelor’s degree. Having a degree will give you access to management positions, in addition to being the security head at a major company. These jobs have salary rates that range from $30,000 to $50,000 a year, depending on where you work and how many years you have worked there.
A variety of scholarships, grants, and loans are available to students who are looking to study in New Mexico. Private scholarships, such as the Aileen Lee Scholarship, Heidelberg Out of State Grant, and New Mexico Student Choice Grants are available to those who come from another state to study in New Mexico. It is important to apply early for these scholarships, with competition fierce to get the limited amount of money available.
A safer bet to get financial aid would be state scholarships and grants. These scholarships are in line with most federal grants, and can be applied for with the help of the college you are planning to attend.