Grand Prairie, TX (population: 167,767) has eleven EMS schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Kiamichi Technology Center-Durant, the highest ranked school in this group with an EMS program, has a total student population of 72. It is the 1403rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 25th highest in the state of Oklahoma (#1 is Oklahoma City University).
EMS students from Grand Prairie 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 Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,170 employed medical and public health social workers earning an average salary of $49,100. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics in this area earn $31,200/yr and there are 1,080 employed.
Grand Prairie lies in Dallas county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area has 2,047,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.17/hr average worker wage, and a $46,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.528 out of every 1000 jobs in Grand Prairie are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and 0.573/1000 are held by medical and public health social workers.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kiamichi Technology Center-Durant comes out as the most expensive ($/yr) for EMS students, with North Central Texas College as the lowest, reported at only $4,633/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Grand Prairie|
|North Richland Hills||TX||67,133||1||26.4697||12||16.5 miles|
|Forth Worth||TX||-||3||11.7915||4||17.7 miles|
|Fort Worth||TX||751,149||10||30.6263||324||19.1 miles|
|Flower Mound||TX||72,721||0||-||0||23.9 miles|