Farmington, NM (population: 43,299) has fifty-seven game design schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Utah, the highest ranked school in this group with a game design program, has a total student population of 29,284. It is the 129th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Utah.
Game Design students from Farmington schools who go on to become video game engineers, game designers, video game designers, game developers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 495,500 people working as computer software engineers, applications alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $90,170. Also, Computer software engineers, systems software make on average $96,620 per year and there are about 385,200 of them employed in the US today.
Farmington lies in San Juan county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Farmington area has 50,770 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.6% unemployment rate, $18.10/hr average worker wage, and a $37,640 average annual salary.
Of the 57 game design schools with a 500-mile radius of Farmington, only 13 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Stevens Henager College-Logan comes out as the most expensive ($46,580/yr) for game design students, with Amarillo College as the lowest, reported at only $3,490/yr.