Worcester, MA (population: 174,854) has nine pharmacy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northeastern University, the highest ranked school in this group with a pharmacy program, has a total student population of 27,537. It is the 56th highest ranked school in the USA and the 7th highest in the state of Massachusetts (#1 is Harvard University).
Pharmacy students from Worcester schools who go on to become pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy professionals, pharmacist in charges, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 267,860 people working as pharmacists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $106,630. Also, Pharmacy aides make on average $22,330 per year and there are about 52,230 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Worcester-CT area alone, there are ** employed pharmacy aides earning an average salary of $20,810. Pharmacists in this area earn $99,600/yr and there are 460 employed.
Worcester lies in Worcester county, which is one of the 12 counties in Massachusetts. Overall, the Worcester-CT area has 239,370 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.7% unemployment rate, $22.49/hr average worker wage, and a $46,790 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.906 out of every 1000 jobs in Worcester are held by pharmacists, and **/1000 are held by pharmacy aides.
Of the 9 pharmacy schools with a 100-mile radius of Worcester, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northeastern University comes out as the most expensive ($32,703/yr) for pharmacy students, with Holyoke Community College as the lowest, reported at only $8,599/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Worcester|
|North Attleborough||MA||43,307||0||-||0||32.2 miles|
|Chestnut Hill||MA||-||2||53.2355||134||32.9 miles|
|East Providence||RI||48,249||1||29.3002||11||39.9 miles|