Atlanta, GA (population: 571,861) has three fashion merchandising schools within its city limits. Clark Atlanta University, the highest ranked school in the city with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 3,873. It is the 3641st highest ranked school in the USA and the 75th highest in the state of Georgia (#1 is Emory University).
Fashion Merchandising students from Atlanta 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 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area alone, there are 340 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $59,330. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $25,580/yr and there are 1,280 employed.
Atlanta lies in Fulton county, which is one of the 106 counties in Georgia. Overall, the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area has 2,290,890 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $45,520 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Atlanta are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 3 fashion merchandising schools in Atlanta, none 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 American Intercontinental University-Dunwoody Campus as the lowest, reported at only $22,399/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Atlanta|
|East Point||GA||43,748||1||19.2965||19||6.9 miles|
|North Atlanta||GA||51,827||0||-||0||8.6 miles|
|Mount Berry||GA||-||1||63.3969||60||56.4 miles|
|Toccoa Falls||GA||-||1||28.3429||33||83.8 miles|
|Rock Spring||GA||-||1||1.08982||0||87.3 miles|
|Fort Valley||GA||-||1||21.9471||51||89.0 miles|
|Warner Robins||GA||64,183||3||21.3509||61||91.8 miles|
|Phenix City||AL||-||1||9.50663||23||95.3 miles|