Brandon, FL (population: 91,683) has two optician schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Hillsborough Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with an optician program, has a total student population of 26,964. It is the 3930th highest ranked school in the USA and the 208th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Optician students from Brandon 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 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area alone, there are 140 employed therapists earning an average salary of $64,730. Opticians, dispensing in this area earn $37,030/yr and there are 750 employed.
Brandon lies in Hillsborough county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area has 1,131,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $40,590 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Brandon are held by opticians, dispensing, and 0/1000 are held by therapists.
Of the 2 optician schools with a 100-mile radius of Brandon, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Hillsborough Community College comes out as the most expensive ($6,784/yr) for optician students, with St Petersburg College as the lowest, reported at only $5,768/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Brandon|
|Saint Petersburg||FL||243,829||7||28.1391||139||24.4 miles|
|Pinellas Park||FL||46,971||2||19.8178||18||26.1 miles|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||28.2 miles|
|New Port Richey||FL||-||2||22.9424||46||34.0 miles|
|North Port||FL||58,777||0||-||0||61.2 miles|
|Port Charlotte||FL||49,392||1||23.17||24||66.0 miles|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||74.2 miles|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||82.4 miles|
|North Fort Myers||FL||51,280||0||-||0||87.9 miles|
|Cape Coral||FL||161,428||1||26.0313||32||91.0 miles|
|Fort Myers||FL||68,373||7||23.467||192||93.9 miles|