Milwaukee, WI (population: 606,508) has four acupuncture schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 214. It is the 6084th highest ranked school in the USA and the 226th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Acupuncture students from Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis area alone, there are ** employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners earning an average salary of $65,570. Physical therapists in this area earn $70,630/yr and there are 1,440 employed.
Milwaukee lies in Milwaukee county, which is one of the 34 counties in Wisconsin. Overall, the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis area has 817,060 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $21.19/hr average worker wage, and a $44,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.762 out of every 1000 jobs in Milwaukee are held by physical therapists, and **/1000 are held by health diagnosing and treating practitioners.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine comes out as the most expensive ($/yr) for acupuncture students, with Midwest College of Oriental Medicine as the lowest, reported at only $/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Milwaukee|
|West Allis||WI||59,345||1||16.5935||7||4.6 miles|
|Fond du Lac||WI||42,100||2||22.0044||202||54.7 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||60.3 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||67.1 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||68.4 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||68.5 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||69.7 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||71.3 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||73.9 miles|