Cape Coral, FL (population: 161,428) has four occupational therapy assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Florida Gulf Coast University, the highest ranked school in this group with an occupational therapy assistant program, has a total student population of 11,092. It is the 417th highest ranked school in the USA and the 15th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Occupational Therapy Assistant students from Cape Coral 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.
Cape Coral lies in Lee county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Cape Coral-Fort Myers area has 201,370 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 5% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $38,330 average annual salary.
Of the 4 occupational therapy assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Cape Coral, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Florida Gulf Coast University comes out as the most expensive ($10,876/yr) for occupational therapy assistant students, with St Petersburg College as the lowest, reported at only $5,768/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Cape Coral|
|North Fort Myers||FL||51,280||0||-||0||8.3 miles|
|Fort Myers||FL||68,373||7||23.467||192||9.3 miles|
|Bonita Springs||FL||44,290||0||-||0||24.5 miles|
|Port Charlotte||FL||49,392||1||23.17||24||25.1 miles|
|North Port||FL||58,777||0||-||0||30.7 miles|
|Saint Petersburg||FL||243,829||7||28.1391||139||86.9 miles|
|Pinellas Park||FL||46,971||2||19.8178||18||95.0 miles|