Abilene, TX (population: 120,183) has two exercise physiology schools within its city limits. Hardin-Simmons University, the highest ranked school in the city with an exercise physiology program, has a total student population of 2,305. It is the 390th highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Exercise Physiology students from Abilene 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.
Abilene lies in Taylor county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Abilene area has 63,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $16.24/hr average worker wage, and a $33,770 average annual salary.
Of the 2 exercise physiology schools in Abilene, none 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 McMurry University as the lowest, reported at only $16,117/yr.