Oklahoma City, OK (population: 564,147) has thirty-one fashion merchandising schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Texas Christian University, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 8,853. It is the 142nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Fashion Merchandising students from Oklahoma City 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 Oklahoma City area alone, there are 140 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $48,410. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $25,940/yr and there are 140 employed.
Oklahoma City lies in Oklahoma county, which is one of the 41 counties in Oklahoma. Overall, the Oklahoma City area has 564,710 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $18.31/hr average worker wage, and a $38,090 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.251 out of every 1000 jobs in Oklahoma City are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0.254/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 31 fashion merchandising schools with a 500-mile radius of Oklahoma City, only 15 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Dallas comes out as the most expensive ($36,482/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with University of Louisiana at Lafayette as the lowest, reported at only $5,042/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Oklahoma City|
|Midwest City||OK||57,117||2||17.3383||110||7.9 miles|
|El Reno||OK||-||2||15.8225||75||25.4 miles|
|Ponca City||OK||-||2||30.535||26||88.8 miles|