Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has three art therapy schools within its city limits. Reed College, the highest ranked school in the city with an art therapy program, has a total student population of 1,481. It is the 100th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Oregon.
Art Therapy students from Portland schools who go on to become art therapists, practitioners, recreational therapists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 13,440 people working as therapists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $54,400. Also, Recreational therapists make on average $41,270 per year and there are about 21,960 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 60 employed recreational therapists earning an average salary of $45,350. Therapists in this area earn $53,850/yr and there are ** employed.
Portland lies in Clackamas county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about ** out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by therapists, and 0.058/1000 are held by recreational therapists.
Of the 3 art therapy schools in Portland, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lewis & Clark College comes out as the most expensive ($28,753/yr) for art therapy students, with Portland State University as the lowest, reported at only $11,824/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portland|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||12.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||71.8 miles|