Gilbert, AZ (population: 243,090) has seven fashion merchandising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Arizona, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 38,767. It is the 834th highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Fashion Merchandising students from Gilbert 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 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 350 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $55,610. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $29,060/yr and there are 1,060 employed.
Gilbert lies in Maricopa county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Gilbert are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 7 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Gilbert, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Tucson comes out as the most expensive ($25,117/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Pima Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,259/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Gilbert|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||30.5 miles|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||94.2 miles|