Tulsa, OK (population: 387,683) has thirty-four fashion merchandising schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 28,643. It is the 121st highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Fashion Merchandising students from Tulsa 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 Tulsa area alone, there are 240 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $53,360. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $28,960/yr and there are 70 employed.
Tulsa lies in Osage county, which is one of the 41 counties in Oklahoma. Overall, the Tulsa area has 423,270 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.4% unemployment rate, $18.09/hr average worker wage, and a $37,620 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.166 out of every 1000 jobs in Tulsa are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0.564/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 34 fashion merchandising schools with a 500-mile radius of Tulsa, only 17 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 Tulsa|
|Ponca City||OK||-||2||30.535||26||76.2 miles|
|Siloam Springs||AR||-||1||66.9948||62||77.1 miles|
|Arkansas City||KS||-||1||16.4747||36||89.5 miles|
|Midwest City||OK||57,117||2||17.3383||110||93.6 miles|