Skilled Trades & Vocational

If guns are more of an obsession than possession and you want to spend your life repairing, customizing, and restoring firearms, a Gunsmith certificate, diploma, or degree may be right on the mark for you.

Types of Degrees

Gunsmith students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years), certificate program, or diploma program available at technical schools, community colleges, and online schools. It is worth noting that to legally practice as a Gunsmith, you must obtain a Federal Firearms License, which requires passing a federal background check.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Gunsmith Degree Or Certificate

With a such a narrow, technical expertise and course of study, most graduates of a Gunsmith certificate, diploma, or degree program go on to become Gunsmiths.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Metal and Plastic Machine Worker was $36,990 in 2019. (1)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.