The Fashion Institute of Technology alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the fashion design industry, the retail industry, and the advertising agency industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the textile, apparel, and accessories, wholesale industry. Those with an education from the Fashion Institute of Technology earn an average of about $56K.
Graduates who responded to the survey skew strongly female, with a female-to-male ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Fashion Institute of Technology grads who become Product Development Managers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $80K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Apparel Technical Designers and Fashion Designers; their salaries approach $70K and $64K, respectively. Salaries are anything but generous for Assistant Fashion Designers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $39K.
Many Fashion Institute of Technology alumni remain in New York after graduation; the greater part of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. Denver, Colo. is also a common destination for Fashion Institute of Technology grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of around $86K. Though Boston, Mass. takes the cake for lowest pay among Fashion Institute of Technology grads (the median salary is approximately $59K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Los Angeles, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif. are popular choices as well.
Among the highest-paid Fashion Institute of Technology alumni are those with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science (BApAS) — they earn close to $98K on average per year. Graduates holding a Bachelor of Science in Production Management fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of approximately $42K.
Fashion Institute of Technology grads with Project Management abilities can expect to make 17 percent more than their former classmates ($66K). Around one in four grads report using Adobe Photoshop as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Demonstrated ability in Adobe Illustrator, Design, and Microsoft Excel rank among leading skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
Only about one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and one-fifth of alumni receive sick leave. A strong majority of grads opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a fair number of alums are rewarded with health insurance and the larger part of survey participants report dental coverage, too. Fashion Institute of Technology alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, free drinks, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
Compensation averages $56K for Pennsylvania College of Technology alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Fashion Institute of Technology grads. CUNY New York City College of Technology, Farmingdale State College, and Thomas Edison State College are also similar to Fashion Institute of Technology.