Alamogordo, NM has three physical therapy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Western Technical College, the highest ranked school in this group with a physical therapy 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 students from Alamogordo 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 Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 40 employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $22,790. Physical therapists in this area earn $80,610/yr and there are 100 employed.
Alamogordo lies in Otero county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area has 124,970 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.6% unemployment rate, $16.53/hr average worker wage, and a $34,370 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.775 out of every 1000 jobs in Alamogordo are held by physical therapists, and 0.328/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
Of the 3 physical therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of Alamogordo, 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 students, with El Paso Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,368/yr.