Austin, TX (population: 792,778) has three EMS schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Blinn College, the highest ranked school in this group with an EMS program, has a total student population of 17,173. It is the 5205th highest ranked school in the USA and the 294th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
EMS students from Austin 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 Austin-Round Rock area alone, there are 640 employed medical and public health social workers earning an average salary of $44,090. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics in this area earn $32,850/yr and there are 1,410 employed.
Austin lies in Travis county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Austin-Round Rock area has 769,370 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $21.72/hr average worker wage, and a $45,180 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.839 out of every 1000 jobs in Austin are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and 0.827/1000 are held by medical and public health social workers.
Of the 3 EMS schools with a 100-mile radius of Austin, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio comes out as the most expensive ($24,192/yr) for EMS students, with Blinn College as the lowest, reported at only $5,743/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Austin|
|Cedar Park||TX||72,258||0||-||0||14.6 miles|
|San Antonio||TX||1,402,013||34||23.3851||958||74.4 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||88.2 miles|