Jacksonville, FL (population: 822,401) has two acupuncture schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 74. It is the 6750th highest ranked school in the USA and the 328th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Acupuncture students from Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville area alone, there are 360 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $59,480. Physical therapists in this area earn $82,290/yr and there are 700 employed.
Jacksonville lies in Duval county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Jacksonville area has 581,450 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Jacksonville are held by physical therapists, and 1/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Academy for Five Element Acupuncture comes out as the most expensive ($/yr) for acupuncture students, with Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine as the lowest, reported at only $/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Jacksonville|
|Orange Park||FL||-||3||22.5405||26||11.7 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||36.6 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||59.1 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||86.9 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||89.6 miles|