Charlotte, NC (population: 723,514) has thirteen exercise physiology schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Furman University, the highest ranked school in this group with an exercise physiology program, has a total student population of 2,962. It is the 98th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of South Carolina (#1 is Clemson University).
Exercise Physiology students from Charlotte schools who go on to become exercise physiologists, training specialists, athletic trainers, athletes, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 174,490 people working as physical therapists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $76,220. Also, Physical scientists make on average $94,880 per year and there are about 25,310 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area alone, there are ** employed physical scientists earning an average salary of $74,920. Physical therapists in this area earn $74,290/yr and there are 650 employed.
Charlotte lies in Mecklenburg county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area has 837,820 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.10/hr average worker wage, and a $43,890 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.777 out of every 1000 jobs in Charlotte are held by physical therapists, and **/1000 are held by physical scientists.
Of the 13 exercise physiology schools with a 100-mile radius of Charlotte, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Wake Forest University comes out as the most expensive ($28,737/yr) for exercise physiology students, with University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the lowest, reported at only $6,012/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Charlotte|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||21.3 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||70.4 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||71.3 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||88.7 miles|