Lubbock, TX (population: 226,180) has eleven plumbing schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. The University of Texas at Austin, the highest ranked school in this group with a plumbing program, has a total student population of 50,995. It is the 18th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Plumbing students from Lubbock schools who go on to become plumbers, journeyman plumbers, plumber gasfitters, residental plumbers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment.
Lubbock lies in Lubbock county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Lubbock area has 123,840 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3.4% unemployment rate, $17.18/hr average worker wage, and a $35,730 average annual salary.
Of the 11 plumbing schools with a 500-mile radius of Lubbock, only 3 have 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 plumbing students, with Wes Watkins Technology Center as the lowest, reported at only $6,790/yr.