Biddeford, ME has five industrial design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Tufts University, the highest ranked school in this group with an industrial design program, has a total student population of 10,252. It is the 24th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Industrial Design students from Biddeford schools who go on to become industrial designers, commercial designers, architecture designers, designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 65,460 people working as industrial engineering technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $49,030. Also, Graphic designers make on average $47,820 per year and there are about 200,870 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford area alone, there are 260 employed graphic designers earning an average salary of $44,990. Industrial engineering technicians in this area earn $54,030/yr and there are 100 employed.
Biddeford lies in York county, which is one of the 9 counties in Maine. Overall, the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford area has 195,890 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $20.01/hr average worker wage, and a $41,620 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.526 out of every 1000 jobs in Biddeford are held by industrial engineering technicians, and 1.325/1000 are held by graphic designers.
Of the 5 industrial design schools with a 100-mile radius of Biddeford, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Bay State School of Technology comes out as the most expensive ($36,450/yr) for industrial design students, with Massachusetts College of Art and Design as the lowest, reported at only $15,161/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Biddeford|
|South Portland||ME||-||2||20.6898||57||14.8 miles|
|S Portland||ME||-||1||12.3758||12||14.8 miles|
|North Andover||MA||-||1||30.19||56||64.8 miles|
|New London||NH||-||5||27.7354||166||77.1 miles|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||88.2 miles|