Ames has a general population of 50,731 and an overall student population of 28,104. Approximately 27,945 of Ames's students are enrolled in schools that offer visual communications programs.
The largest visual communications school in Ames, by student population, is Iowa State University. In 2010, Iowa State University graduated approximately 107 students with credentials in visual communications.
A reported 118 students graduated with credentials in visual communications in Ames in 2010. Tuition in 2009 at Ames's visual communications schools was $18,366 per year for instate students and $29,586 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,000 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a visual communications program in Ames. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $7,277 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $13,175.
Many visual communications graduates choose to work as visual communications professionals after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Ames, your job prospects are good. In 2010, of the 3,100 visual communications professionals in Iowa, 100 were working in the greater Ames area. The government projects that the number of visual communications professionals in Ames will increase by 12% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for visual communications professionals.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a visual communications professional in Ames is $37,910 per year. This is higher than the state-wide average salary for visual communications professionals.