Smyrna, GA (population: 51,091) has five fashion merchandising schools within a 100-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 Smyrna 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.
Smyrna lies in Cobb 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 Smyrna 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 Smyrna, only 1 has 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 University of Georgia as the lowest, reported at only $9,224/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Smyrna|
|North Atlanta||GA||51,827||0||-||0||10.9 miles|
|East Point||GA||43,748||1||19.2965||19||14.1 miles|
|Mount Berry||GA||-||1||63.3969||60||47.2 miles|
|Rock Spring||GA||-||1||1.08982||0||77.8 miles|
|Toccoa Falls||GA||-||1||28.3429||33||83.2 miles|
|Fort Valley||GA||-||1||21.9471||51||98.1 miles|