Omaha, NE (population: 449,283) has two carpentry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Southwestern Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a carpentry program, has a total student population of 1,680. It is the 3418th highest ranked school in the USA and the 57th highest in the state of Iowa (#1 is Luther College).
Carpentry students from Omaha 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 Omaha-Council Bluffs-IA area alone, there are 1,910 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $30,750. Carpenters in this area earn $34,500/yr and there are 2,980 employed.
Omaha lies in Douglas county, which is one of the 40 counties in Nebraska. Overall, the Omaha-Council Bluffs-IA area has 452,130 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $19.23/hr average worker wage, and a $40,000 average annual salary. Thus, about 6.596 out of every 1000 jobs in Omaha are held by carpenters, and 4.230/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 2 carpentry schools with a 100-mile radius of Omaha, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Western Iowa Tech Community College comes out as the most expensive ($7,768/yr) for carpentry students, with Southwestern Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,608/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Omaha|
|Council Bluffs||IA||59,918||3||15.2545||57||7.9 miles|
|Sioux City||IA||83,250||6||24.3659||219||88.0 miles|