Joplin, MO (population: 51,126) has six physical therapy assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Missouri State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a physical therapy assistant program, has a total student population of 20,371. It is the 1161st highest ranked school in the USA and the 37th highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
Physical Therapy Assistant students from Joplin 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 Joplin area alone, there are 30 employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $20,240. Physical therapists in this area earn $69,920/yr and there are 150 employed.
Joplin lies in Jasper county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Joplin area has 76,650 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.8% unemployment rate, $15.84/hr average worker wage, and a $32,940 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.982 out of every 1000 jobs in Joplin are held by physical therapists, and 0.433/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
Of the 6 physical therapy assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Joplin, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Southwest Baptist University comes out as the most expensive ($14,294/yr) for physical therapy assistant students, with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College as the lowest, reported at only $5,382/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Joplin|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||53.8 miles|
|Siloam Springs||AR||-||1||66.9948||62||61.7 miles|