El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has twenty-two exercise physiology schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Northern Arizona University, the highest ranked school in this group with an exercise physiology program, has a total student population of 23,597. It is the 225th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Arizona.
Exercise Physiology students from El Paso 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.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary.
Of the 22 exercise physiology schools with a 500-mile radius of El Paso, only 8 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 Clarendon College as the lowest, reported at only $5,946/yr.