Knoxville, TN (population: 187,071) has nine EMT schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Western Carolina University, the highest ranked school in this group with an EMT program, has a total student population of 9,429. It is the 367th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
EMT students from Knoxville 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 Knoxville area alone, there are 990 employed medical and clinical laboratory technicians earning an average salary of $32,010. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics in this area earn $27,330/yr and there are 840 employed.
Knoxville lies in Knox county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Knoxville area has 324,080 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $18.18/hr average worker wage, and a $37,820 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.601 out of every 1000 jobs in Knoxville are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and 3.059/1000 are held by medical and clinical laboratory technicians.
Of the 9 EMT schools with a 100-mile radius of Knoxville, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Southwestern Community College comes out as the most expensive ($8,652/yr) for EMT students, with Walters State Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,601/yr.
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