Brookings, SD has four carpentry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Lake Area Technical Institute, the highest ranked school in this group with a carpentry program, has a total student population of 1,291. It is the 1099th highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of South Dakota (#1 is Augustana College).
Carpentry students from Brookings 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 Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 710 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $23,200. Carpenters in this area earn $28,490/yr and there are 1,230 employed.
Brookings lies in Brookings county, which is one of the 37 counties in South Dakota. Overall, the Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area has 123,140 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $15.15/hr average worker wage, and a $31,510 average annual salary. Thus, about 9.979 out of every 1000 jobs in Brookings are held by carpenters, and 5.770/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 4 carpentry schools with a 100-mile radius of Brookings, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northwest Iowa Community College comes out as the most expensive ($9,463/yr) for carpentry students, with Mitchell Technical Institute as the lowest, reported at only $8,972/yr.