Iola, KS has two music therapy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Ottawa University, the highest ranked school in this group with a music therapy program, has a total student population of 525. It is the 692nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 6th highest in the state of Kansas (#1 is Southwestern College).
Music Therapy students from Iola schools who go on to become music therapists, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, art therapists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 80,790 people working as art, drama, and music teachers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $68,230. Also, Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media employees make on average $51,720 per year and there are about 1,745,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Kansas nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 4,550 employed arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media employees earning an average salary of $28,480. Art, drama, and music teachers in this area earn $51,240/yr and there are 420 employed.
Iola lies in Allen county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Kansas nonmetropolitan area has 444,090 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $15.63/hr average worker wage, and a $32,500 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.954 out of every 1000 jobs in Iola are held by art, drama, and music teachers, and 10.243/1000 are held by arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media employees.
Of the 2 music therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of Iola, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Kansas comes out as the most expensive ($17,254/yr) for music therapy students, with Ottawa University as the lowest, reported at only $16,212/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Iola|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||38.2 miles|
|El Dorado||KS||-||2||14.14||133||80.2 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||88.0 miles|
|Kansas City||MO||454,520||32||15.0915||547||94.6 miles|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||94.9 miles|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||97.4 miles|