New Bern, NC has four furniture design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. East Carolina University, the highest ranked school in this group with a furniture design program, has a total student population of 27,654. It is the 214th highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University). To learn more about furniture design programs in New Bern, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of furniture design professors at East Carolina University such as Catherine Billingsley, Runying Chen, Ben Isberg, Amy McIntyre, Rebecca Sweet, and Katherine Warsco.
Furniture Design students from New Bern schools who go on to become furniture makers, craftsmen, furniture designers, furniture upholsterers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 29,170 people working as commercial and industrial designers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $61,400. Also, Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers make on average $29,010 per year and there are about 14,220 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 370 employed textile, apparel, and furnishings workers earning an average salary of $21,600. Commercial and industrial designers in this area earn $47,810/yr and there are 60 employed.
New Bern lies in Craven county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area has 195,830 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $15.74/hr average worker wage, and a $32,740 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.307 out of every 1000 jobs in New Bern are held by commercial and industrial designers, and 1.899/1000 are held by textile, apparel, and furnishings workers.
Of the 4 furniture design schools with a 100-mile radius of New Bern, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, East Carolina University comes out as the most expensive ($7,646/yr) for furniture design students, with Halifax Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,190/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from New Bern|
|Morehead City||NC||-||1||9.34196||42||32.2 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||73.0 miles|