Atlanta, GA (population: 571,861) has six acupuncture schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. American Institute of Alternative Medicine, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 144. It is the 772nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 35th highest in the state of Ohio (#1 is Ohio State University-Main Campus).
Acupuncture students from Atlanta 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 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area alone, there are 1,530 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $97,230. Physical therapists in this area earn $75,630/yr and there are 1,940 employed.
Atlanta lies in Fulton county, which is one of the 106 counties in Georgia. Overall, the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area has 2,290,890 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $45,520 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Atlanta are held by physical therapists, and 1/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
Of the 6 acupuncture schools with a 500-mile radius of Atlanta, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, American Institute of Alternative Medicine comes out as the most expensive ($20,439/yr) for acupuncture students, with Our Lady of the Lake College as the lowest, reported at only $9,125/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Atlanta|
|East Point||GA||43,748||1||19.2965||19||6.9 miles|
|North Atlanta||GA||51,827||0||-||0||8.6 miles|
|Mount Berry||GA||-||1||63.3969||60||56.4 miles|
|Toccoa Falls||GA||-||1||28.3429||33||83.8 miles|
|Rock Spring||GA||-||1||1.08982||0||87.3 miles|
|Fort Valley||GA||-||1||21.9471||51||89.0 miles|
|Warner Robins||GA||64,183||3||21.3509||61||91.8 miles|
|Phenix City||AL||-||1||9.50663||23||95.3 miles|