Fresno, CA (population: 490,930) has twelve acupuncture schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 507. It is the 2719th highest ranked school in the USA and the 269th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Acupuncture students from Fresno schools who go on to become acupuncturists, massage therapists, alternative medicinal caregivers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 174,490 people working as physical therapists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $76,220. Also, Health diagnosing and treating practitioners make on average $77,630 per year and there are about 32,960 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Fresno area alone, there are 70 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $86,550. Physical therapists in this area earn $78,150/yr and there are 430 employed.
Fresno lies in Fresno county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Fresno area has 323,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Fresno are held by physical therapists, and 0/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine comes out as the most expensive ($/yr) for acupuncture students, with Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences as the lowest, reported at only $/yr.
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