Modesto, CA (population: 203,882) has nine physical therapy assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of the Pacific, the highest ranked school in this group with a physical therapy assistant program, has a total student population of 6,401. It is the 228th highest ranked school in the USA and the 22nd highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Physical Therapy Assistant students from Modesto schools who go on to become physical therapy assistants, exercise physiologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 174,490 people working as physical therapists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $76,220. Also, Physical therapist aides make on average $24,990 per year and there are about 44,160 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Modesto area alone, there are 60 employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $27,100. Physical therapists in this area earn $81,900/yr and there are 180 employed.
Modesto lies in Stanislaus county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Modesto area has 156,400 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,120 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Modesto are held by physical therapists, and 0/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
Of the 9 physical therapy assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Modesto, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of the Pacific comes out as the most expensive ($25,776/yr) for physical therapy assistant students, with California State University-Fresno as the lowest, reported at only $5,579/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Modesto|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||53.4 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||56.6 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||57.4 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||58.7 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||59.8 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||63.6 miles|
|Rancho Cordova||CA||65,274||3||17.1477||50||67.2 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||69.3 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||72.7 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||74.9 miles|