Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has nineteen wedding planning schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Brigham Young University, the highest ranked school in this group with a wedding planning program, has a total student population of 34,130. It is the 719th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Utah (#1 is University of Utah).
Wedding Planning students from Albuquerque schools who go on to become wedding planners, event planners, wedding consultants, bridal consultants, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 51,530 people working as meeting and convention planners alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $48,060. Also, Travel agents make on average $32,450 per year and there are about 76,990 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Albuquerque area alone, there are 160 employed travel agents earning an average salary of $28,800. Meeting and convention planners in this area earn $38,390/yr and there are 80 employed.
Albuquerque lies in Bernalillo county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.214 out of every 1000 jobs in Albuquerque are held by meeting and convention planners, and 0.411/1000 are held by travel agents.
Of the 19 wedding planning schools with a 500-mile radius of Albuquerque, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Scottsdale Culinary Institute comes out as the most expensive ($44,966/yr) for wedding planning students, with Pima Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,259/yr.