Oak Forest, IL has thirteen fashion merchandising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Dominican University, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 3,909. It is the 263rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 7th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Fashion Merchandising students from Oak Forest 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 Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,000 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $50,910. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $27,250/yr and there are 1,300 employed.
Oak Forest lies in Cook county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Oak Forest are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 13 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Oak Forest, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, School of the Art Institute of Chicago comes out as the most expensive ($38,965/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Joliet Junior College as the lowest, reported at only $4,130/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Oak Forest|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||3.7 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||5.0 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||5.3 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||5.5 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||7.1 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||8.7 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||11.1 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||11.7 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||19.7 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||20.0 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||20.7 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||22.8 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||23.5 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||25.3 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||27.9 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||29.6 miles|