Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has one wedding planning school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Clark College has a total student population of 12,989. It is the 5007th highest ranked school in the USA and the 82nd highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Wedding Planning students from Portland schools who go on to become wedding planners, event planners, wedding consultants, bridal consultants, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 51,530 people working as meeting and convention planners alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $48,060. Also, Travel agents make on average $32,450 per year and there are about 76,990 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 620 employed travel agents earning an average salary of $30,570. Meeting and convention planners in this area earn $43,820/yr and there are 370 employed.
Portland lies in Clackamas county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.377 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by meeting and convention planners, and 0.624/1000 are held by travel agents.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Clark College ends up costing a student $5,278/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portland|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||12.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||71.8 miles|