Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has thirty-one exercise physiology schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Utah, the highest ranked school in this group with an exercise physiology program, has a total student population of 29,284. It is the 129th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Utah.
Exercise Physiology students from Albuquerque 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 Albuquerque area alone, there are 140 employed physical scientists earning an average salary of $95,200. Physical therapists in this area earn $63,910/yr and there are 440 employed.
Albuquerque lies in Bernalillo county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.151 out of every 1000 jobs in Albuquerque are held by physical therapists, and 0.365/1000 are held by physical scientists.
Of the 31 exercise physiology schools with a 500-mile radius of Albuquerque, only 14 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Hardin-Simmons University comes out as the most expensive ($18,420/yr) for exercise physiology students, with Western Wyoming Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,743/yr.