Jacksonville, FL (population: 822,401) has twenty-three fashion merchandising schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Georgia, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 34,885. It is the 38th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Fashion Merchandising students from Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville area alone, there are 70 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $75,820. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $31,050/yr and there are 110 employed.
Jacksonville lies in Duval county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Jacksonville area has 581,450 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Jacksonville are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 23 fashion merchandising schools with a 500-mile radius of Jacksonville, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Bauder College comes out as the most expensive ($48,186/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center as the lowest, reported at only $774/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Jacksonville|
|Orange Park||FL||-||3||22.5405||26||11.7 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||36.6 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||59.1 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||86.9 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||89.6 miles|