Fort Worth, TX (population: 751,149) has ten 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 Fort Worth 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 Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan area alone, there are 3,750 employed machinists earning an average salary of $37,530. Maintenance and repair workers, general in this area earn $33,060/yr and there are 8,030 employed.
Fort Worth lies in Tarrant county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan area has 856,430 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $19.78/hr average worker wage, and a $41,140 average annual salary. Thus, about 9.378 out of every 1000 jobs in Fort Worth are held by maintenance and repair workers, general, and 4.384/1000 are held by machinists.
Of the 10 gunsmithing schools with a 500-mile radius of Fort Worth, only 1 has 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.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Fort Worth|
|Forth Worth||TX||-||3||11.7915||4||2.0 miles|
|North Richland Hills||TX||67,133||1||26.4697||12||10.3 miles|
|Grand Prairie||TX||167,767||3||23.6315||22||19.1 miles|
|Flower Mound||TX||72,721||0||-||0||24.2 miles|