Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has four ESL schools within its city limits. Rhodes College, the highest ranked school in the city with an ESL program, has a total student population of 1,673. It is the 123rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
ESL students from Memphis schools who go on to become english as a second language instructors, ESL trainers, ESL teachers, ESL tutors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 65,490 people working as english language and literature teachers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $65,860. Also, Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors make on average $50,390 per year and there are about 68,430 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are 90 employed adult literacy, remedial education, and ged teachers and instructors earning an average salary of $44,850. English language and literature teachers in this area earn $80,600/yr and there are 120 employed.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.198 out of every 1000 jobs in Memphis are held by english language and literature teachers, and 0.146/1000 are held by adult literacy, remedial education, and ged teachers and instructors.
Of the 4 ESL schools in Memphis, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Rhodes College comes out as the most expensive ($25,801/yr) for ESL students, with Le Moyne-Owen College as the lowest, reported at only $11,092/yr.