Worcester, MA (population: 174,854) has seventeen fashion merchandising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 2,422. It is the 237th highest ranked school in the USA and the 16th highest in the state of Massachusetts (#1 is Harvard University).
Fashion Merchandising students from Worcester 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.
Worcester lies in Worcester county, which is one of the 12 counties in Massachusetts. Overall, the Worcester-CT area has 239,370 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.7% unemployment rate, $22.49/hr average worker wage, and a $46,790 average annual salary.
Of the 17 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Worcester, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The New England Institute of Art comes out as the most expensive ($30,213/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Middlesex Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,314/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Worcester|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||32.2 miles|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||32.9 miles|
|East Providence||RI||48,249||1||29.3002||11||39.9 miles|