Odessa, TX (population: 102,535) has forty-four exercise physiology schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. The University of Texas at Austin, the highest ranked school in this group with an exercise physiology program, has a total student population of 50,995. It is the 18th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Exercise Physiology students from Odessa 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.
Odessa lies in Ector county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Odessa area has 60,350 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.4% unemployment rate, $18.40/hr average worker wage, and a $38,280 average annual salary.
Of the 44 exercise physiology schools with a 500-mile radius of Odessa, only 10 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Baylor University comes out as the most expensive ($26,444/yr) for exercise physiology students, with St Philips College as the lowest, reported at only $4,077/yr.