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How will your fashion education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the fashion education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. The US has 251 brick and mortar fashion schools.

Top Schools

The following schools that have fashion programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - located in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  2. University of Georgia - located in Athens, Georgia
  3. Michigan State University - located in East Lansing, Michigan

Student Demographics

In the US, 10,420 students graduated from fashion programs in 2010. Of these students, 244 received certifications in fashion, 10,039 received an undergraduate degree in fashion, and 137 received a graduate-level degree in fashion.


Students can pursue education in fashion at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Fashion
  • Bachelor's Degree in Fashion
  • Master's Degree in Fashion
  • Certificate in Fashion

During the course of their fashion education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Textile and Materials
  • Communication
  • Marketing
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Observation


In 2010, fashion schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $18,464 per year. The fashion schools that charged students the highest tuition rates were:

  1. Washington University in St Louis - located in Saint Louis, Missouri, students paid $38,728
  2. The New School - located in New York, New York, students paid $36,000
  3. Drexel University - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, students paid $31,835

The following fashion schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Texas Woman's University - located in Denton, Texas, students paid $5,046
  2. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College - located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, students paid $5,233
  3. Texas State University-San Marcos - located in San Marcos, Texas, students paid $6,168

How will your fashion job compare?

Model, marketing manager, merchadiser, fashion magazine editor, or photographer are the professions of choice for a majority of fashion graduates in the US. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics, estimates that in 2010, 4,625,040 fashion professionals were working in the US. 15,060 of these fashion professionals were fashion designers, 1,020 were models and 164,590 were marketing managers. The largest populations of fashion professionals are in the following states:

  1. California - 497,110 Fashion Professionals
  2. Texas - 379,050 Fashion Professionals
  3. New York - 318,780 Fashion Professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of fashion professionals in the US will grow to 5,567,050. This would require a 0% growth in the profession. Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for fashion professionals to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Georgia - 13%
  2. Idaho - 11%
  3. Utah - 11%


Fashion professionals around the US earn $50,104 per year on average. However, the salary for fashion professionals can vary greatly based not only on the exact fashion profession you pursue but also on factors such as your previous performance reviews, work conditions, and your employer. Fashion professionals in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,490 per year, to more than $166,200 per year. Fashion professionals in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Washington DC - $64,876 per year
  2. Delaware - $61,560 per year
  3. New York - $59,867 per year

On average, fashion professionals earn the least in the following states:

  1. Mississippi - $39,023 per year
  2. Louisiana - $39,953 per year
  3. North Carolina - $42,490 per year

On average the highest paid fashion professionals were:

  1. Marketing Manager - $122,720 per year
  2. Fashion Designer - $74,440 per year
  3. Fashion Magazine Editor - $59,340 per year

On average the lowest paid fashion professionals were:

  1. Photographer - $35,980 per year
  2. Knitter - $26,360 per year
  3. Sales Associate - $25,000 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Retail Salespersons 4,155,190 $25,000 -4.4%
Marketing Managers 164,590 $122,720 -1.1%
Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products 108,220 $56,300 -18.6%
Editors 99,160 $59,340 3.0%
Photographers 54,550 $35,980 -6.4%
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 21,190 $26,360 -50.4%
Fashion Designers 15,060 $74,440 16.0%
Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers 6,060 $44,190 -37.2%
Models 1,020 $42,560 -28.7%