Allentown, PA (population: 107,685) has fourteen EMS schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. All-State Career School, the highest ranked school in this group with an EMS program, has a total student population of 202. It is the 1835th highest ranked school in the USA and the 162nd highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
EMS students from Allentown 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 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton-NJ area alone, there are 360 employed medical and public health social workers earning an average salary of $43,900. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics in this area earn $30,810/yr and there are 890 employed.
Allentown lies in Lehigh county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton-NJ area has 330,130 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $19.60/hr average worker wage, and a $40,780 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.687 out of every 1000 jobs in Allentown are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and 1.094/1000 are held by medical and public health social workers.
Of the 14 EMS schools with a 100-mile radius of Allentown, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lancaster County Career and Technology Center comes out as the most expensive ($23,472/yr) for EMS students, with Camden County College as the lowest, reported at only $3,258/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Allentown|
|Center Valley||PA||-||2||15.5079||66||6.7 miles|
|North Wales||PA||-||1||28.6361||21||28.9 miles|
|East Stroudsburg||PA||-||1||60.9016||70||31.8 miles|
|Willow Grove||PA||-||3||11.6322||2||36.9 miles|
|Saint Davids||PA||-||1||63.725||73||39.0 miles|
|Wilkes Barre||PA||-||4||40.1855||76||49.4 miles|
|West Windsor||NJ||-||1||10.9855||60||49.9 miles|
|Cherry Hill||NJ||67,762||4||25.0729||31||54.6 miles|
|New Brunswick||NJ||52,736||2||41.2629||152||54.7 miles|
|Mount Laurel||NJ||-||1||24.9456||10||55.6 miles|