Mitchell, SD has eleven 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 Mitchell 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 Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 440 employed machinists earning an average salary of $32,710. Maintenance and repair workers, general in this area earn $29,680/yr and there are 770 employed.
Mitchell lies in Davison county, which is one of the 37 counties in South Dakota. Overall, the Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area has 123,140 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $15.15/hr average worker wage, and a $31,510 average annual salary. Thus, about 6.250 out of every 1000 jobs in Mitchell are held by maintenance and repair workers, general, and 3.551/1000 are held by machinists.
Of the 11 gunsmithing schools with a 500-mile radius of Mitchell, none have 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 Lake Career and Technical Center as the lowest, reported at only $1,244/yr.