Houston, TX (population: 2,307,883) has nine jewelry schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of North Texas, the highest ranked school in this group with a jewelry program, has a total student population of 35,003. It is the 1230th highest ranked school in the USA and the 55th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Jewelry students from Houston schools who go on to become jewelers, jewelry designers, jewelry makers, jewelry repairers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 23,410 people working as jewelers and precious stone and metal workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $36,620. Also, Craft artists make on average $33,070 per year and there are about 5,380 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area alone, there are 60 employed craft artists earning an average salary of $45,020. Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers in this area earn $22,800/yr and there are 330 employed.
Houston lies in Harris county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area has 2,563,840 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $21.58/hr average worker wage, and a $44,880 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.129 out of every 1000 jobs in Houston are held by jewelers and precious stone and metal workers, and 0.024/1000 are held by craft artists.
Of the 9 jewelry schools with a 500-mile radius of Houston, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Tulsa Technology Center-Peoria comes out as the most expensive ($13,968/yr) for jewelry students, with Louisiana Technical College-Natchitoches Campus as the lowest, reported at only $1,538/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Houston|
|South Houston||TX||-||1||23.7623||5||11.9 miles|
|Missouri City||TX||77,622||0||-||0||16.5 miles|
|League City||TX||78,312||0||-||0||25.7 miles|
|The Woodlands||TX||101,065||1||14.626||77||27.6 miles|
|Texas City||TX||44,907||1||8.31197||63||35.9 miles|
|Prairie View||TX||-||1||50.8259||82||42.2 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||79.5 miles|