Fresno, CA (population: 490,930) has one carpentry school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Gavilan College has a total student population of 8,087. It is the 5617th highest ranked school in the USA and the 537th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Carpentry students from Fresno schools who go on to become carpenters, construction managers, construction workers, construction engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 743,760 people working as carpenters alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $43,640. Also, Construction laborers make on average $33,190 per year and there are about 856,440 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Fresno area alone, there are 2,190 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $37,270. Carpenters in this area earn $39,450/yr and there are 1,920 employed.
Fresno lies in Fresno county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Fresno area has 323,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 6 out of every 1000 jobs in Fresno are held by carpenters, and 7/1000 are held by construction laborers.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Gavilan College ends up costing a student $7,829/yr.
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