Virginia Beach, VA (population: 439,564) has two occupational therapy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia Commonwealth University, the highest ranked school in this group with an occupational therapy program, has a total student population of 32,172. It is the 222nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Occupational Therapy students from Virginia 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 140 employed occupational therapist assistants earning an average salary of $48,050. Occupational therapists in this area earn $71,420/yr and there are 490 employed.
Virginia Beach lies in Virginia Beach county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.663 out of every 1000 jobs in Virginia Beach are held by occupational therapists, and 0.185/1000 are held by occupational therapist assistants.
Of the 2 occupational therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of Virginia Beach, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia Commonwealth University comes out as the most expensive ($15,907/yr) for occupational therapy students, with Tidewater Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,175/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Virginia Beach|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||35.1 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||90.3 miles|