Gallup, NM has ten 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 Gallup 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.
Gallup lies in McKinley county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area has 66,930 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.6% unemployment rate, $*/hr average worker wage, and a $* average annual salary.
Of the 10 gunsmithing schools with a 500-mile radius of Gallup, 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.