New Mexico is one of the most rural states, but it is also one with a lot of opportunity. While Albuquerque is the largest city, most of the state is made up of rural, isolated communities with populations of less than 50,000. Density-wise, New Mexico is in the lowest five states in the country. This means that most people living in the state drive for hours to get to basic services such as healthcare and shopping.
The majority of hospitals and clinics located outside of the major cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe are constantly looking for qualified healthcare professionals such as nurses. While many of these clinics are in remote areas, they offer high salaries in comparison with national average salaries. When compared with the low cost of living in these areas, many nurses find that they are able to afford a very comfortable lifestyle in New Mexico. Over the next several years, the advent of the new federal healthcare law will mean that many low-income residents of New Mexico will have health insurance and be seeking healthcare services. Because of this large expected increase in patients, many clinics are planning to expand their staff. Nurses who speak Spanish will be in very high demand.
State Based Financial Aid
Compared to other states, there is very little state educational aid in New Mexico, but there are several scholarships designed to help graduating high school students. Many of these scholarships require students to keep high GPAs and complete several hours of volunteering.