Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has two carpentry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Crowleys Ridge Technical Institute, the highest ranked school in this group with a carpentry program, has a total student population of 228. It is the 4251st highest ranked school in the USA and the 49th highest in the state of Arkansas (#1 is Harding University).
Carpentry students from Memphis 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 Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are 3,320 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $25,940. Carpenters in this area earn $32,710/yr and there are 1,520 employed.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.518 out of every 1000 jobs in Memphis are held by carpenters, and 5.482/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 2 carpentry schools with a 100-mile radius of Memphis, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Crowleys Ridge Technical Institute comes out as the most expensive ($5,253/yr) for carpentry students, with Coahoma Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,529/yr.