West Palm Beach, FL (population: 99,706) has three occupational therapy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Florida International University, the highest ranked school in this group with an occupational therapy program, has a total student population of 39,610. It is the 197th highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Occupational Therapy students from West Palm Beach 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 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach Metropolitan area alone, there are 70 employed occupational therapist assistants earning an average salary of $57,550. Occupational therapists in this area earn $72,550/yr and there are 320 employed.
West Palm Beach lies in Palm Beach county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach Metropolitan area has 510,440 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $42,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in West Palm Beach are held by occupational therapists, and 0/1000 are held by occupational therapist assistants.
Of the 3 occupational therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of West Palm Beach, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Barry University comes out as the most expensive ($22,930/yr) for occupational therapy students, with Florida International University as the lowest, reported at only $13,300/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from West Palm Beach|
|Lake Worth||FL||-||2||25.2639||114||10.3 miles|
|Boynton Beach||FL||69,913||1||0.00884495||0||15.5 miles|
|Delray Beach||FL||64,829||0||-||0||20.9 miles|
|Boca Raton||FL||86,084||4||34.4533||150||26.3 miles|
|Deerfield Beach||FL||75,503||1||1.86135||0||30.4 miles|
|Coconut Creek||FL||51,117||1||19.1074||42||32.7 miles|
|Coral Springs||FL||125,980||0||-||0||34.2 miles|
|Pompano Beach||FL||101,930||4||24.0374||34||35.3 miles|
|Port Saint Lucie||FL||163,859||0||-||0||39.1 miles|
|Fort Lauderdale||FL||184,625||11||23.9607||338||42.2 miles|
|Pembroke Pines||FL||146,408||0||-||0||52.8 miles|
|Miami Gardens||FL||113,813||3||37.6424||120||56.5 miles|
|North Miami Beach||FL||-||1||30.306||3||56.5 miles|
|North Miami||FL||55,954||1||20.3506||19||58.8 miles|
|Miami Lakes||FL||-||1||11.3357||23||59.2 miles|
|Miami Beach||FL||84,633||4||12.1922||6||65.0 miles|
|Coral Gables||FL||43,646||1||80.2467||177||73.1 miles|