Alpine, TX has six retail schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Texas A & M University, the highest ranked school in this group with a retail program, has a total student population of 48,702. It is the 36th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Retail students from Alpine schools who go on to become retail workers, retail managers, retail specialists, retail sales managers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 4,209,500 people working as retail salespersons alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $24,630. Also, Sales and related employees make on average $36,020 per year and there are about 13,715,050 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 8,490 employed sales and related employees earning an average salary of $21,780. Retail salespersons in this area earn $18,570/yr and there are 3,020 employed.
Alpine lies in Brewster county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area has 83,120 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.1% unemployment rate, $14.71/hr average worker wage, and a $30,590 average annual salary. Thus, about 36.375 out of every 1000 jobs in Alpine are held by retail salespersons, and 102.134/1000 are held by sales and related employees.
Of the 6 retail schools with a 500-mile radius of Alpine, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Tarleton State University comes out as the most expensive ($13,351/yr) for retail students, with Pima Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,259/yr.
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