Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has five art and design schools within its city limits. De Wolff College Hair Styling and Cosmetology, the highest ranked school in the city with an art and design program, has a total student population of 137. It is the 2780th highest ranked school in the USA and the 9th highest in the state of New Mexico (#1 is New Mexico State University-Main Campus).
Art and Design students from Albuquerque schools who go on to become designers, ad designers, advertising designers, commercial designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 8,900 people working as fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,630. Also, Electrical and electronics drafters make on average $54,800 per year and there are about 30,590 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Albuquerque area alone, there are 100 employed electrical and electronics drafters earning an average salary of $51,400. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in this area earn $48,470/yr and there are ** employed.
Albuquerque lies in Bernalillo county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary. Thus, about ** out of every 1000 jobs in Albuquerque are held by fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, and 0.258/1000 are held by electrical and electronics drafters.
Of the 5 art and design schools in Albuquerque, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Center Design College-Albuquerque comes out as the most expensive ($34,902/yr) for art and design students, with Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute as the lowest, reported at only $4,195/yr.