San Diego, CA (population: 1,309,749) has four occupational therapy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. California State University-Dominguez Hills, the highest ranked school in this group with an occupational therapy program, has a total student population of 14,477. It is the 3263rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 311th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles). To learn more about occupational therapy programs in San Diego, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of occupational therapy professors at California State University such as Erna Wells.
Occupational Therapy students from San Diego schools who go on to become occupational therapists, therapists, occupational therapy assistants, counseling psychologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 97,840 people working as occupational therapists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $70,680. Also, Occupational therapist assistants make on average $50,830 per year and there are about 26,680 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos area alone, there are 190 employed occupational therapist assistants earning an average salary of $62,880. Occupational therapists in this area earn $78,750/yr and there are 830 employed.
San Diego lies in San Diego county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos area has 1,279,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $23/hr average worker wage, and a $48,860 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in San Diego are held by occupational therapists, and 0/1000 are held by occupational therapist assistants.
Of the 4 occupational therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of San Diego, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Santa Ana College comes out as the most expensive ($5,073/yr) for occupational therapy students, with California State University-Dominguez Hills as the lowest, reported at only $2,451/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from San Diego|
|Chula Vista||CA||226,606||2||21.0599||146||13.7 miles|
|San Marcos||CA||82,614||4||36.7693||363||22.9 miles|
|Laguna Niguel||CA||65,471||0||-||0||59.4 miles|
|Lake Elsinore||CA||56,703||0||-||0||60.4 miles|
|Aliso Viejo||CA||42,862||1||75.2668||4||62.7 miles|
|Mission Viejo||CA||95,388||1||19.6994||137||62.7 miles|
|Laguna Beach||CA||-||1||20.4608||2||62.9 miles|
|Newport Beach||CA||80,777||1||0.80626||0||69.6 miles|
|Costa Mesa||CA||113,091||7||22.8122||265||74.3 miles|
|Palm Desert||CA||52,240||2||19.2411||98||77.3 miles|
|Fountain Valley||CA||56,133||3||26.6774||70||77.9 miles|
|Cathedral City||CA||53,114||0||-||0||80.8 miles|
|Garden Grove||CA||167,800||4||26.4852||22||82.2 miles|
|Yorba Linda||CA||67,194||0||-||0||83.1 miles|
|Chino Hills||CA||74,322||0||-||0||87.6 miles|
|Long Beach||CA||464,505||6||26.5161||271||89.8 miles|
|Diamond Bar||CA||57,662||0||-||0||91.0 miles|