Due to its busy, ever-changing fashion community, Pennsylvania has plenty of school opportunities for fashion students. There are 18 fashion schools in the state, 10 of which offer graduate-level programs in addition to undergraduate programs. The average cost of tuition in Pennsylvania is $21,391, although tuition costs can be as low as $5,760 at community colleges.
There are many Pennsylvania DECA scholarships you may be able to apply for. Some of these scholarships include Passion for Fashion and the Art Institutes Scholarship Award, both of which can be used for tuition costs at one of the three Art Institute locations in Pennsylvania.
You can use your new fashion degree in many different ways, but most job openings you find are likely to be at retailers, marketing companies, and fashion design companies. Fashion employers in Pennsylvania include Destination XL Group, Bloomingdales, and DSW Shoes. This can be a great time to start a new career in Pennsylvania; the unemployment rate is 6.9% (BLS, 2013).
The salary you earn as a fashion professional depends largely on how much experience you have. The average salary for a fashion designer is $60,890 per year, and merchandise displayers can earn an average salary of $29,350 per year (BLS, 2012). Marketing specialists earn an average annual salary of $63,770 (BLS, 2012).