Kannapolis, NC (population: 44,672) has twelve physical therapy assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the highest ranked school in this group with a physical therapy assistant program, has a total student population of 28,916. It is the 20th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Physical Therapy Assistant students from Kannapolis 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 Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area alone, there are 90 employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $25,530. Physical therapists in this area earn $74,290/yr and there are 650 employed.
Kannapolis lies in Cabarrus county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area has 837,820 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.10/hr average worker wage, and a $43,890 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.777 out of every 1000 jobs in Kannapolis are held by physical therapists, and 0.103/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
Of the 12 physical therapy assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Kannapolis, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Elon University comes out as the most expensive ($26,867/yr) for physical therapy assistant students, with Surry Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,573/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Kannapolis|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||44.5 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||47.2 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||48.6 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||84.2 miles|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||93.8 miles|