Banner Elk, NC has eleven allied health schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. King's College, the highest ranked school in this group with an allied health program, has a total student population of 648. It is the 1960th highest ranked school in the USA and the 44th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Allied Health students from Banner Elk schools who go on to become allied health professionals, physicians, nurses, forensic nurses, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 271,710 people working as medical and health services managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $90,970. Also, Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists make on average $72,310 per year and there are about 98,330 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 130 employed clinical, counseling, and school psychologists earning an average salary of $52,490. Medical and health services managers in this area earn $74,220/yr and there are 370 employed.
Banner Elk lies in Avery county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area has 195,830 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $15.74/hr average worker wage, and a $32,740 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.873 out of every 1000 jobs in Banner Elk are held by medical and health services managers, and 0.659/1000 are held by clinical, counseling, and school psychologists.
Of the 11 allied health schools with a 100-mile radius of Banner Elk, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, King's College comes out as the most expensive ($20,664/yr) for allied health students, with Forsyth Technical Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,178/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Banner Elk|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||91.0 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||97.0 miles|