Knoxville, TN (population: 187,071) has two interior decorating schools within its city limits. The University of Tennessee, the highest ranked school in the city with an interior decorating program, has a total student population of 29,934. It is the 932nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 16th highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Interior Decorating students from Knoxville schools who go on to become interior decorators, interior designers, interior design professors, interior design coordinators, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 46,010 people working as interior designers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $51,990. Also, Fashion designers make on average $74,410 per year and there are about 15,780 of them employed in the US today.
Knoxville lies in Knox county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Knoxville area has 324,080 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $18.18/hr average worker wage, and a $37,820 average annual salary.
Of the 2 interior decorating schools in Knoxville, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The University of Tennessee comes out as the most expensive ($13,139/yr) for interior decorating students, with Pellissippi State Technical Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,825/yr.
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