Oklahoma City, OK (population: 564,147) has four acupuncture schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of New Mexico-Taos Branch, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 1,429. It is the 5975th highest ranked school in the USA and the 40th highest in the state of New Mexico (#1 is New Mexico State University-Main Campus).
Acupuncture students from Oklahoma City 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 Oklahoma City area alone, there are 50 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $62,890. Physical therapists in this area earn $71,460/yr and there are 790 employed.
Oklahoma City lies in Oklahoma county, which is one of the 41 counties in Oklahoma. Overall, the Oklahoma City area has 564,710 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $18.31/hr average worker wage, and a $38,090 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.400 out of every 1000 jobs in Oklahoma City are held by physical therapists, and 0.095/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
Of the 4 acupuncture schools with a 500-mile radius of Oklahoma City, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of New Mexico-Taos Branch comes out as the most expensive ($8,973/yr) for acupuncture students, with University of New Mexico-Taos Branch as the lowest, reported at only $8,973/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Oklahoma City|
|Midwest City||OK||57,117||2||17.3383||110||7.9 miles|
|El Reno||OK||-||2||15.8225||75||25.4 miles|
|Ponca City||OK||-||2||30.535||26||88.8 miles|