Asheville, NC (population: 75,836) has six occupational therapy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Milligan College, the highest ranked school in this group with an occupational therapy program, has a total student population of 1,100. It is the 332nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Occupational Therapy students from Asheville 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 Asheville area alone, there are 50 employed occupational therapist assistants earning an average salary of $52,470. Occupational therapists in this area earn $75,290/yr and there are 180 employed.
Asheville lies in Buncombe county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Asheville area has 169,720 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $17.31/hr average worker wage, and a $36,010 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.059 out of every 1000 jobs in Asheville are held by occupational therapists, and 0.293/1000 are held by occupational therapist assistants.
Of the 6 occupational therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of Asheville, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Milligan College comes out as the most expensive ($14,817/yr) for occupational therapy students, with Blue Ridge Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,400/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Asheville|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||55.9 miles|
|Toccoa Falls||GA||-||1||28.3429||33||81.6 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||96.3 miles|