Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has nine gunsmithing schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Colorado School of Trades, the highest ranked school in this group with a gunsmithing program, has a total student population of 148. It is the 2010th highest ranked school in the USA and the 21st highest in the state of Colorado (#1 is Colorado College).
Gunsmithing students from Albuquerque 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 Albuquerque area alone, there are 920 employed machinists earning an average salary of $39,090. Maintenance and repair workers, general in this area earn $32,790/yr and there are 3,080 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 8.063 out of every 1000 jobs in Albuquerque are held by maintenance and repair workers, general, and 2.412/1000 are held by machinists.
Of the 9 gunsmithing schools with a 500-mile radius of Albuquerque, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Colorado School of Trades comes out as the most expensive ($30,156/yr) for gunsmithing students, with Yavapai College as the lowest, reported at only $4,664/yr.