Southaven, MS (population: 47,625) has eight personal training schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Harding University, the highest ranked school in this group with a personal training program, has a total student population of 6,484. It is the 224th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Arkansas.
Personal Training students from Southaven schools who go on to become personal trainers, personal skills trainers, trainers, PT trainers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 228,170 people working as fitness trainers and aerobics instructors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $35,340. Also, Recreation and fitness studies teachers make on average $60,580 per year and there are about 16,850 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are 70 employed recreation and fitness studies teachers earning an average salary of $50,570. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors in this area earn $33,310/yr and there are 660 employed.
Southaven lies in DeSoto county, which is one of the 35 counties in Mississippi. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.086 out of every 1000 jobs in Southaven are held by fitness trainers and aerobics instructors, and 0.109/1000 are held by recreation and fitness studies teachers.
Of the 8 personal training schools with a 100-mile radius of Southaven, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Union University comes out as the most expensive ($19,100/yr) for personal training students, with Northeast Mississippi Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,099/yr.