Maricopa, AZ (population: 53,723) has two occupational therapy assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. GateWay Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with an occupational therapy assistant program, has a total student population of 7,863. It is the 5133rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 78th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Occupational Therapy Assistant students from Maricopa schools who go on to become occupational therapy assistants, medical assistants, medical office assistants, registered occupational therapists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 26,680 people working as occupational therapist assistants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,830. Also, Occupational therapist aides make on average $28,890 per year and there are about 8,040 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 100 employed occupational therapist aides earning an average salary of $25,320. Occupational therapist assistants in this area earn $51,170/yr and there are 60 employed.
Maricopa lies in Pinal county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Maricopa are held by occupational therapist assistants, and 0/1000 are held by occupational therapist aides.
Of the 2 occupational therapy assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Maricopa, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, GateWay Community College comes out as the most expensive ($9,194/yr) for occupational therapy assistant students, with GateWay Community College as the lowest, reported at only $9,194/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Maricopa|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||21.5 miles|