Jacksonville, FL (population: 822,401) has twenty jewelry schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Pinellas Technical Education Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a jewelry program, has a total student population of 1,231. It is the 1417th highest ranked school in the USA and the 58th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Jewelry students from Jacksonville schools who go on to become jewelers, jewelry designers, jewelry makers, jewelry repairers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 23,410 people working as jewelers and precious stone and metal workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $36,620. Also, Craft artists make on average $33,070 per year and there are about 5,380 of them employed in the US today.
Jacksonville lies in Duval county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Jacksonville area has 581,450 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,460 average annual salary.
Of the 20 jewelry schools with a 500-mile radius of Jacksonville, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Winter Park Tech comes out as the most expensive ($36,420/yr) for jewelry students, with Wytheville Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,335/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Jacksonville|
|Orange Park||FL||-||3||22.5405||26||11.7 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||36.6 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||59.1 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||86.9 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||89.6 miles|