Charlotte, NC (population: 723,514) has four fitness schools within its city limits. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the highest ranked school in the city with a fitness program, has a total student population of 24,701. It is the 241st highest ranked school in the USA and the 10th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Fitness students from Charlotte schools who go on to become fitness professionals, sports trainers, fitness trainers, fitness instructors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 228,170 people working as fitness trainers and aerobics instructors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $35,340. Also, Recreation and fitness studies teachers make on average $60,580 per year and there are about 16,850 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area alone, there are 50 employed recreation and fitness studies teachers earning an average salary of $50,520. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors in this area earn $31,560/yr and there are 1,690 employed.
Charlotte lies in Mecklenburg county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area has 837,820 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.10/hr average worker wage, and a $43,890 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.014 out of every 1000 jobs in Charlotte are held by fitness trainers and aerobics instructors, and 0.055/1000 are held by recreation and fitness studies teachers.
Of the 4 fitness schools in Charlotte, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte comes out as the most expensive ($22,899/yr) for fitness students, with University of North Carolina at Charlotte as the lowest, reported at only $7,644/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Charlotte|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||21.3 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||70.4 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||71.3 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||88.7 miles|