Jackson, MS (population: 171,210) has seven art and design schools within its city limits. Millsaps College, the highest ranked school in the city with an art and design program, has a total student population of 1,117. It is the 2048th highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of Mississippi (#1 is Creations College of Cosmetology).
Art and Design students from Jackson schools who go on to become designers, ad designers, advertising designers, commercial designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 8,900 people working as fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,630. Also, Electrical and electronics drafters make on average $54,800 per year and there are about 30,590 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Jackson area alone, there are 240 employed electrical and electronics drafters earning an average salary of $46,540. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators in this area earn $29,310/yr and there are ** employed.
Jackson lies in Hinds county, which is one of the 35 counties in Mississippi. Overall, the Jackson area has 245,940 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.8% unemployment rate, $17.60/hr average worker wage, and a $36,600 average annual salary. Thus, about ** out of every 1000 jobs in Jackson are held by fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, and 0.984/1000 are held by electrical and electronics drafters.
Of the 7 art and design schools in Jackson, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Magnolia College of Cosmetology comes out as the most expensive ($24,216/yr) for art and design students, with Jackson State University as the lowest, reported at only $10,375/yr.