Anchorage, AK (population: 283,690) has seven fashion merchandising schools within a 1500-mile radius of its city center. Central Washington University, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 11,357. It is the 1601st highest ranked school in the USA and the 31st highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus). To learn more about fashion merchandising programs in Anchorage, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of fashion merchandising professors at Central Washington University such as Andrea Eklund.
Fashion Merchandising students from Anchorage schools who go on to become fashion merchandisers, fashion designers, fashion models, fashion marketers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 61,280 people working as merchandise displayers and window trimmers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $28,480. Also, Commercial and industrial designers make on average $61,400 per year and there are about 29,170 of them employed in the US today.
Anchorage lies in Anchorage county, which is one of the 27 counties in Alaska. Overall, the Anchorage area has 165,640 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $49,730 average annual salary.
Of the 7 fashion merchandising schools with a 1500-mile radius of Anchorage, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Seattle comes out as the most expensive ($28,174/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Shoreline Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,150/yr.
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