Abilene, TX (population: 120,183) has two EMS schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Western Texas College, the highest ranked school in this group with an EMS program, has a total student population of 2,473. It is the 4185th highest ranked school in the USA and the 220th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
EMS students from Abilene 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 Abilene area alone, there are 110 employed medical and public health social workers earning an average salary of $42,870. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics in this area earn $26,840/yr and there are ** employed.
Abilene lies in Taylor county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Abilene area has 63,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $16.24/hr average worker wage, and a $33,770 average annual salary. Thus, about ** out of every 1000 jobs in Abilene are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and 1.658/1000 are held by medical and public health social workers.
Of the 2 EMS schools with a 100-mile radius of Abilene, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Texas State Technical College-West Texas comes out as the most expensive ($9,073/yr) for EMS students, with Western Texas College as the lowest, reported at only $6,624/yr.