Omaha, NE (population: 449,283) has eleven health science schools within its city limits. Omaha School of Massage Therapy, the highest ranked school in the city with a health science program, has a total student population of 104. It is the 780th highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of Nebraska (#1 is University of Nebraska at Kearney).
Health Science students from Omaha schools who go on to become health psychologists, physicians, doctors, nurses, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 83,530 people working as environmental scientists and specialists, including health alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $67,360. Also, Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors make on average $40,420 per year and there are about 78,470 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Omaha-Council Bluffs-IA area alone, there are 240 employed substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors earning an average salary of $42,460. Environmental scientists and specialists, including health in this area earn $54,230/yr and there are 390 employed.
Omaha lies in Douglas county, which is one of the 40 counties in Nebraska. Overall, the Omaha-Council Bluffs-IA area has 452,130 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $19.23/hr average worker wage, and a $40,000 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.859 out of every 1000 jobs in Omaha are held by environmental scientists and specialists, including health, and 0.534/1000 are held by substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors.
Of the 11 health science schools in Omaha, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Creighton University comes out as the most expensive ($25,370/yr) for health science students, with Metropolitan Community College Area as the lowest, reported at only $6,723/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Omaha|
|Council Bluffs||IA||59,918||3||15.2545||57||7.9 miles|
|Sioux City||IA||83,250||6||24.3659||219||88.0 miles|