Tuscaloosa, AL (population: 93,932) has three health schools within its city limits. The University of Alabama, the highest ranked school in the city with a health program, has a total student population of 28,699. It is the 839th highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Alabama (#1 is Auburn University Main Campus).
Health students from Tuscaloosa schools who go on to become healthcare managers, physicians, doctors, nurses, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 56,520 people working as healthcare practitioners and technical workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $52,110. Also, Mental health counselors make on average $41,710 per year and there are about 106,920 of them employed in the US today.
Tuscaloosa lies in Tuscaloosa county, which is one of the 67 counties in Alabama. Overall, the Tuscaloosa area has 89,970 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $36,430 average annual salary.
Of the 3 health schools in Tuscaloosa, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Stillman College comes out as the most expensive ($15,625/yr) for health students, with Shelton State Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,760/yr.