Boston, MA (population: 610,407) has four acupuncture schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Mount Wachusett Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 4,761. It is the 5472nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 152nd highest in the state of Massachusetts (#1 is Harvard University).
Acupuncture students from Boston 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 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy NECTA area alone, there are 1,280 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $73,620. Physical therapists in this area earn $72,580/yr and there are 3,100 employed.
Boston lies in Suffolk county, which is one of the 12 counties in Massachusetts. Overall, the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy NECTA area has 1,685,900 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $28.04/hr average worker wage, and a $58,330 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.841 out of every 1000 jobs in Boston are held by physical therapists, and 0.759/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
Of the 4 acupuncture schools with a 100-mile radius of Boston, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Quinsigamond Community College comes out as the most expensive ($7,537/yr) for acupuncture students, with Northern Essex Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,511/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Boston|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||7.8 miles|
|North Andover||MA||-||1||30.19||56||25.5 miles|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||30.1 miles|
|East Providence||RI||48,249||1||29.3002||11||41.2 miles|