Siloam Springs, AR has nine EMS schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Tulsa Technology Center-Peoria, the highest ranked school in this group with an EMS program, has a total student population of 424. It is the 1275th highest ranked school in the USA and the 17th highest in the state of Oklahoma (#1 is Oklahoma City University).
EMS students from Siloam Springs schools who go on to become emergency medical service workers, EMTs, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 217,920 people working as emergency medical technicians and paramedics alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $33,020. Also, Medical and public health social workers make on average $48,340 per year and there are about 133,510 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers-MO area alone, there are 140 employed medical and public health social workers earning an average salary of $39,090. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics in this area earn $32,180/yr and there are 180 employed.
Siloam Springs lies in Benton county, which is one of the 57 counties in Arkansas. Overall, the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers-MO area has 196,180 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $36,790 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Siloam Springs are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and 1/1000 are held by medical and public health social workers.
Of the 9 EMS schools with a 100-mile radius of Siloam Springs, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Drury University comes out as the most expensive ($16,280/yr) for EMS students, with Coffeyville Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,308/yr.
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