Clifton, NJ (population: 78,248) has forty-eight physical therapy assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Columbia University in the City of New York, the highest ranked school in this group with a physical therapy assistant program, has a total student population of 24,230. It is the 4th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of New York.
Physical Therapy Assistant students from Clifton 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 New York-White Plains-Wayne-NJ Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,700 employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $26,400. Physical therapists in this area earn $81,620/yr and there are 7,410 employed.
Clifton lies in Passaic county, which is one of the 11 counties in New Jersey. Overall, the New York-White Plains-Wayne-NJ Metropolitan area has 5,063,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.4% unemployment rate, $27.05/hr average worker wage, and a $56,250 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.464 out of every 1000 jobs in Clifton are held by physical therapists, and 0.336/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
Of the 48 physical therapy assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Clifton, only 14 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, New York University comes out as the most expensive ($34,011/yr) for physical therapy assistant students, with Mercer County Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,403/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Clifton|
|West Paterson||NJ||-||1||20.7455||20||2.8 miles|
|West Orange||NJ||49,330||0||-||0||7.1 miles|
|North Bergen||NJ||59,771||0||-||0||8.4 miles|
|South Orange||NJ||-||1||63.933||113||9.3 miles|
|West New York||NJ||47,282||1||33.6373||6||11.3 miles|
|Jersey City||NJ||242,594||10||25.9195||190||11.6 miles|
|Long Island City||NY||-||4||18.9499||59||13.6 miles|
|Jackson Heights||NY||-||1||28.2916||7||16.1 miles|
|New York City||NY||8,459,026||86||26.2632||1,528||17.5 miles|
|Mount Vernon||NY||68,747||8||36.4632||259||17.6 miles|
|Rego Park||NY||-||1||27.7974||9||18.1 miles|