Dallas, TX (population: 1,304,930) has seven occupational therapy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Texas Woman's University, the highest ranked school in this group with an occupational therapy program, has a total student population of 13,338. It is the 412th highest ranked school in the USA and the 13th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Occupational Therapy students from Dallas 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 Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area alone, there are 450 employed occupational therapist assistants earning an average salary of $66,210. Occupational therapists in this area earn $79,820/yr and there are 1,990 employed.
Dallas lies in Dallas county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area has 2,047,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.17/hr average worker wage, and a $46,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.973 out of every 1000 jobs in Dallas are held by occupational therapists, and 0.221/1000 are held by occupational therapist assistants.
Of the 7 occupational therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of Dallas, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Texas Woman's University comes out as the most expensive ($9,272/yr) for occupational therapy students, with Tarrant County College District as the lowest, reported at only $5,592/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Dallas|
|Grand Prairie||TX||167,767||3||23.6315||22||16.1 miles|
|Flower Mound||TX||72,721||0||-||0||24.9 miles|
|North Richland Hills||TX||67,133||1||26.4697||12||26.6 miles|
|Forth Worth||TX||-||3||11.7915||4||32.4 miles|
|Fort Worth||TX||751,149||10||30.6263||324||33.3 miles|