Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has seven exercise physiology schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Harding University, the highest ranked school in this group with an exercise physiology program, has a total student population of 6,484. It is the 224th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Arkansas.
Exercise Physiology students from Memphis 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.
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.
Of the 7 exercise physiology schools with a 100-mile radius of Memphis, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Union University comes out as the most expensive ($19,100/yr) for exercise physiology students, with Northwest Mississippi Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,877/yr.