Florida contains six schools that offer optician programs. Nova Southeastern University, the highest-ranking optician school in FL, has a total student population of 29,153 and is the 494th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 6 optician schools in Florida, all of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Nova Southeastern University comes out as the most expensive ($20,445/yr), with St Petersburg College as the lowest recorded at only $5,768/yr.
Optician students from Florida schools who go on to become opticians, eye doctors, optics scientists, optics professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 60,840 people working as opticians, dispensing alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $34,790. Also, Therapists make on average $54,400 per year and there are about 13,440 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Florida alone, there are 1,800 employed therapists earning an average yearly salary of $64,430. Opticians, dispensing in this state earn $37,170/yr and there are 4,260 employed.
Also, within the optician schools in Florida, the average student population is 3,322 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1. Aside from optician, there are 7625 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 2,875 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $2,879, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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