Framingham, MA (population: 64,549) 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 Framingham 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.
Framingham lies in Middlesex county, which is one of the 12 counties in Massachusetts. Overall, the Framingham NECTA area has 157,230 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $27.72/hr average worker wage, and a $57,660 average annual salary.
Of the 4 acupuncture schools with a 100-mile radius of Framingham, 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 Framingham|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||13.7 miles|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||24.2 miles|
|North Andover||MA||-||1||30.19||56||31.1 miles|