Sarasota, FL (population: 52,304) has six physical therapy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of South Florida, the highest ranked school in this group with a physical therapy program, has a total student population of 40,022. It is the 138th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Physical Therapy students from Sarasota schools who go on to become physical therapists, PTs, exercise physiologists, physical therapy assistants, 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 Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice area alone, there are ** employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $21,690. Physical therapists in this area earn $79,930/yr and there are 330 employed.
Sarasota lies in Sarasota county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice area has 247,060 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $37,750 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Sarasota are held by physical therapists, and **/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
Of the 6 physical therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of Sarasota, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, South University-Tampa comes out as the most expensive ($16,017/yr) for physical therapy students, with St Petersburg College as the lowest, reported at only $5,768/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Sarasota|
|Saint Petersburg||FL||243,829||7||28.1391||139||29.6 miles|
|North Port||FL||58,777||0||-||0||29.9 miles|
|Port Charlotte||FL||49,392||1||23.17||24||36.3 miles|
|Pinellas Park||FL||46,971||2||19.8178||18||37.3 miles|
|Cape Coral||FL||161,428||1||26.0313||32||59.1 miles|
|North Fort Myers||FL||51,280||0||-||0||59.6 miles|
|New Port Richey||FL||-||2||22.9424||46||63.4 miles|
|Fort Myers||FL||68,373||7||23.467||192||65.4 miles|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||71.2 miles|
|Bonita Springs||FL||44,290||0||-||0||83.6 miles|