El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has one fashion merchandising school within its city limits. El Paso Community College has a total student population of 28,168. It is the 5228th highest ranked school in the USA and the 296th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Fashion Merchandising students from El Paso 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 El Paso area alone, there are 40 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $56,820. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $22,840/yr and there are 80 employed.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.300 out of every 1000 jobs in El Paso are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0.143/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, El Paso Community College ends up costing a student $3,368/yr.