Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has five event planning schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Texas Tech University, the highest ranked school in this group with an event planning program, has a total student population of 30,049. It is the 150th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Event Planning students from Albuquerque schools who go on to become event planners, wedding planners, event managers, production planners, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 51,530 people working as meeting and convention planners alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $48,060. Also, General and operations managers make on average $110,550 per year and there are about 1,689,680 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Albuquerque area alone, there are 6,370 employed general and operations managers earning an average salary of $92,840. Meeting and convention planners in this area earn $38,390/yr and there are 80 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 0.214 out of every 1000 jobs in Albuquerque are held by meeting and convention planners, and 16.671/1000 are held by general and operations managers.
Of the 5 event planning schools with a 500-mile radius of Albuquerque, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Metropolitan State College of Denver comes out as the most expensive ($11,829/yr) for event planning students, with Arizona State University as the lowest, reported at only $9,603/yr.