Ocala, FL (population: 57,520) has four gunsmithing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Hillsborough Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a gunsmithing program, has a total student population of 26,964. It is the 3930th highest ranked school in the USA and the 208th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Gunsmithing students from Ocala schools who go on to become gunsmithers, gunsmiths, research and development machinists, machinists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,268,930 people working as maintenance and repair workers, general alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $36,520. Also, Machinists make on average $38,940 per year and there are about 380,720 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Ocala area alone, there are 120 employed machinists earning an average salary of $34,810. Maintenance and repair workers, general in this area earn $28,710/yr and there are 830 employed.
Ocala lies in Marion county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Ocala area has 94,200 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $17/hr average worker wage, and a $35,760 average annual salary. Thus, about 9 out of every 1000 jobs in Ocala are held by maintenance and repair workers, general, and 1/1000 are held by machinists.
Of the 4 gunsmithing schools with a 100-mile radius of Ocala, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Mid Florida Tech comes out as the most expensive ($26,229/yr) for gunsmithing students, with Seminole Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,306/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Ocala|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||57.5 miles|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||59.5 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||61.4 miles|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||62.9 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||65.2 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||68.0 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||69.2 miles|
|Orange Park||FL||-||3||22.5405||26||72.2 miles|
|New Port Richey||FL||-||2||22.9424||46||74.6 miles|
|Pinellas Park||FL||46,971||2||19.8178||18||98.5 miles|