Hickory, NC (population: 42,082) has one allied health school within its city limits. Catawba Valley Community College has a total student population of 5,528. It is the 5431st highest ranked school in the USA and the 122nd highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Allied Health students from Hickory 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 Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area alone, there are 160 employed clinical, counseling, and school psychologists earning an average salary of $52,860. Medical and health services managers in this area earn $77,280/yr and there are 200 employed.
Hickory lies in Catawba county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area has 144,150 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $16.84/hr average worker wage, and a $35,020 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.396 out of every 1000 jobs in Hickory are held by medical and health services managers, and 1.118/1000 are held by clinical, counseling, and school psychologists.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Catawba Valley Community College ends up costing a student $4,186/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Hickory|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||42.1 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||57.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||65.7 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||76.4 miles|