Fayetteville, NC (population: 177,632) has seven occupational therapy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the highest ranked school in this group with an occupational therapy program, has a total student population of 28,916. It is the 20th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Occupational Therapy students from Fayetteville 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 Fayetteville area alone, there are 40 employed occupational therapist assistants earning an average salary of $54,500. Occupational therapists in this area earn $67,930/yr and there are 90 employed.
Fayetteville lies in Cumberland county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Fayetteville area has 126,070 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $16.90/hr average worker wage, and a $35,150 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.714 out of every 1000 jobs in Fayetteville are held by occupational therapists, and 0.292/1000 are held by occupational therapist assistants.
Of the 7 occupational therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of Fayetteville, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences comes out as the most expensive ($15,415/yr) for occupational therapy students, with Durham Technical Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,610/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Fayetteville|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||60.0 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||86.9 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||88.3 miles|
|Myrtle Beach||SC||-||3||18.832||7||95.5 miles|