If you want to become part of the fashion industry in South Dakota, there is one school that can help you get there: South Dakota State University. The average acceptance rate here is a reassuring 91%, and the average cost of tuition is $7,404. This is already very affordable, but there are also scholarships available.
South Dakota State University has a career-oriented program for fashion students. Students are required to complete a 7-week full-time practicum during the summer. During this practicum, you can get practical experience in the fashion industry while making invaluable connections.
You may be able to start an exciting fashion career as soon as you graduate from school. May different employers hire fashion graduates, including Macy’s, James Hardie, and David’s Bridal. Prospective work environments include retail stores, marketing firms, and fashion design companies. The economy in South Dakota is fairly stable; the unemployment rate is a very low 3.6% (BLS, 2013).
While your salary is affected by your educational level and connections, it is most affected by how much experience you have. Merchandise displayers in South Dakota earn an average salary of $21,710 per year; marketing specialists, including those in the fashion field, earn an average salary of $51,600 per year (BLS, 2012).