Athens, AL has five fashion merchandising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. O'More College of Design, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 182. It is the 832nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 15th highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Fashion Merchandising students from Athens 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. In fact, in the Huntsville area alone, there are 40 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $54,400. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $26,180/yr and there are 50 employed.
Athens lies in Limestone county, which is one of the 67 counties in Alabama. Overall, the Huntsville area has 205,550 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $46,220 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Athens are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 5 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Athens, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, International Academy of Design and Technology comes out as the most expensive ($22,006/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Northeast Mississippi Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,099/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Athens|
|Rock Spring||GA||-||1||1.08982||0||98.2 miles|