Bossier City, LA (population: 63,292) has fifteen gunsmithing schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Lake Career and Technical Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a gunsmithing program, has a total student population of 5. It is the 945th highest ranked school in the USA and the 28th highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
Gunsmithing students from Bossier City 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 Shreveport-Bossier City area alone, there are 300 employed machinists earning an average salary of $37,750. Maintenance and repair workers, general in this area earn $28,910/yr and there are 1,950 employed.
Bossier City lies in Bossier county, which is one of the 46 counties in Louisiana. Overall, the Shreveport-Bossier City area has 173,610 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $16.84/hr average worker wage, and a $35,020 average annual salary. Thus, about 11.226 out of every 1000 jobs in Bossier City are held by maintenance and repair workers, general, and 1.738/1000 are held by machinists.
Of the 15 gunsmithing schools with a 500-mile radius of Bossier City, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Wichita Area Technical College comes out as the most expensive ($22,197/yr) for gunsmithing students, with Lake Career and Technical Center as the lowest, reported at only $1,244/yr.
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