Las Vegas, NV (population: 570,083) has twenty-two industrial design schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Stanford University, the highest ranked school in this group with an industrial design program, has a total student population of 18,498. It is the 3rd highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Industrial Design students from Las Vegas 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 Las Vegas-Paradise area alone, there are 1,120 employed graphic designers earning an average salary of $46,210. Industrial engineering technicians in this area earn $49,870/yr and there are 80 employed.
Las Vegas lies in Clark county, which is one of the 8 counties in Nevada. Overall, the Las Vegas-Paradise area has 858,540 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $19.26/hr average worker wage, and a $40,070 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.089 out of every 1000 jobs in Las Vegas are held by industrial engineering technicians, and 1.307/1000 are held by graphic designers.
Of the 22 industrial design schools with a 500-mile radius of Las Vegas, only 11 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Anthem College-Phoenix comes out as the most expensive ($43,008/yr) for industrial design students, with Davis Applied Technology College as the lowest, reported at only $5,880/yr.