Topeka, KS (population: 124,629) has seven EMT schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Flint Hills Technical College, the highest ranked school in this group with an EMT program, has a total student population of 606. It is the 2993rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 37th highest in the state of Kansas (#1 is Southwestern College).
EMT students from Topeka schools who go on to become emergency medical technicians, EMTs, paramedics, emergency medical service workers, 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 clinical laboratory technicians make on average $37,860 per year and there are about 152,420 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Topeka area alone, there are 230 employed medical and clinical laboratory technicians earning an average salary of $29,230. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics in this area earn $24,810/yr and there are 240 employed.
Topeka lies in Shawnee county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Topeka area has 109,660 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $18.37/hr average worker wage, and a $38,200 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.155 out of every 1000 jobs in Topeka are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and 2.105/1000 are held by medical and clinical laboratory technicians.
Of the 7 EMT schools with a 100-mile radius of Topeka, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kansas City Kansas Community College comes out as the most expensive ($10,820/yr) for EMT students, with Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley as the lowest, reported at only $3,266/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Topeka|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||60.9 miles|
|Kansas City||MO||454,520||32||15.0915||547||61.5 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||68.1 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||70.8 miles|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||76.3 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||98.6 miles|