El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has three physical therapy assistant schools within its city limits. Western Technical College, the highest ranked school in the city with a physical therapy assistant program, has a total student population of 549. It is the 1018th highest ranked school in the USA and the 46th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Physical Therapy Assistant students from El Paso 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 El Paso area alone, there are 230 employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $22,670. Physical therapists in this area earn $95,370/yr and there are 290 employed.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.069 out of every 1000 jobs in El Paso are held by physical therapists, and 0.848/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
Of the 3 physical therapy assistant schools in El Paso, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Western Technical College comes out as the most expensive ($35,298/yr) for physical therapy assistant students, with El Paso Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,368/yr.