Southaven, MS (population: 47,625) has six physical therapy assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Arkansas State University-Main Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a physical therapy assistant program, has a total student population of 12,156. It is the 462nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Arkansas (#1 is Harding University).
Physical Therapy Assistant students from Southaven 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 Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are 180 employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $22,810. Physical therapists in this area earn $76,790/yr and there are 760 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 1.249 out of every 1000 jobs in Southaven are held by physical therapists, and 0.292/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
Of the 6 physical therapy assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Southaven, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Arkansas State University-Main Campus comes out as the most expensive ($9,497/yr) for physical therapy assistant students, with Northwest Mississippi Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,877/yr.