Salt Lake City, UT (population: 184,856) has four acupuncture schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Metropolitan State College of Denver, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 22,837. It is the 4027th highest ranked school in the USA and the 57th highest in the state of Colorado (#1 is Colorado College).
Acupuncture students from Salt Lake 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 Salt Lake City area alone, there are 140 employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $61,830. Physical therapists in this area earn $62,640/yr and there are 480 employed.
Salt Lake City lies in Salt Lake county, which is one of the 16 counties in Utah. Overall, the Salt Lake City area has 609,730 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $19.97/hr average worker wage, and a $41,530 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.790 out of every 1000 jobs in Salt Lake City are held by physical therapists, and 0.237/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
Of the 4 acupuncture schools with a 500-mile radius of Salt Lake City, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Metropolitan State College of Denver comes out as the most expensive ($11,829/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 Salt Lake City|
|West Valley City||UT||125,842||2||24.4175||17||7.5 miles|
|South Jordan||UT||57,903||1||13.1531||4||15.4 miles|