Mitchell, SD has three paramedic schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Lake Area Technical Institute, the highest ranked school in this group with a paramedic program, has a total student population of 1,291. It is the 1099th highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of South Dakota (#1 is Augustana College).
Paramedic students from Mitchell schools who go on to become paramedics, EMTs, emergency medical service workers, emergency medical technicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 217,920 people working as emergency medical technicians and paramedics alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $33,020. Also, Ambulance drivers and attendants make on average $23,140 per year and there are about 19,570 of them employed in the US today.
Mitchell lies in Davison county, which is one of the 37 counties in South Dakota. Overall, the Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area has 123,140 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $15.15/hr average worker wage, and a $31,510 average annual salary.
Of the 3 paramedic schools with a 100-mile radius of Mitchell, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Sioux Falls comes out as the most expensive ($19,361/yr) for paramedic students, with Lake Area Technical Institute as the lowest, reported at only $9,078/yr.