Ocala, FL (population: 57,520) has seven occupational therapy assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Florida, the highest ranked school in this group with an occupational therapy assistant program, has a total student population of 50,691. It is the 615th highest ranked school in the USA and the 20th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Occupational Therapy Assistant students from Ocala 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.
Ocala lies in Marion county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Ocala area has 94,200 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $17/hr average worker wage, and a $35,760 average annual salary.
Of the 7 occupational therapy assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Ocala, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach comes out as the most expensive ($32,229/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 Ocala|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||57.5 miles|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||59.5 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||61.4 miles|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||62.9 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||65.2 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||68.0 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||69.2 miles|
|Orange Park||FL||-||3||22.5405||26||72.2 miles|
|New Port Richey||FL||-||2||22.9424||46||74.6 miles|
|Pinellas Park||FL||46,971||2||19.8178||18||98.5 miles|