Pawtucket, RI (population: 71,155) has five acupuncture schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Post University, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 8,082. It is the 703rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 14th highest in the state of Connecticut (#1 is Wesleyan University).
Acupuncture students from Pawtucket 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 Providence-Fall River-Warwick-MA area alone, there are 470 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $60,140. Physical therapists in this area earn $78,500/yr and there are 830 employed.
Pawtucket lies in Providence county, which is one of the 2 counties in Rhode Island. Overall, the Providence-Fall River-Warwick-MA area has 544,170 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $20.96/hr average worker wage, and a $43,600 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.527 out of every 1000 jobs in Pawtucket are held by physical therapists, and 0.871/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
Of the 5 acupuncture schools with a 100-mile radius of Pawtucket, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Post University comes out as the most expensive ($23,261/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 Pawtucket|
|East Providence||RI||48,249||1||29.3002||11||4.9 miles|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||7.2 miles|
|Fall River||MA||90,721||4||21.7318||82||17.4 miles|
|North Dartmouth||MA||-||2||13.916||82||26.1 miles|
|New Bedford||MA||90,869||2||34.0999||5||26.5 miles|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||33.5 miles|