Plano, TX (population: 282,016) has thirteen recreation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Texas Christian University, the highest ranked school in this group with a recreation program, has a total student population of 8,853. It is the 142nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University). To learn more about recreation programs in Plano, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of recreation professors at Texas Christian University such as Kenneth Christensen, and Ashanti Williams.
Recreation students from Plano schools who go on to become recreation aides, recreation specialists, recreation workers, park activities coordinators, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 16,850 people working as recreation and fitness studies teachers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $60,580. Also, Healthcare practitioners and technical workers make on average $52,110 per year and there are about 56,520 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area alone, there are 600 employed healthcare practitioners and technical workers earning an average salary of $38,860. Recreation and fitness studies teachers in this area earn $49,800/yr and there are 40 employed.
Plano lies in Dallas county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area has 2,047,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.17/hr average worker wage, and a $46,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.018 out of every 1000 jobs in Plano are held by recreation and fitness studies teachers, and 0.292/1000 are held by healthcare practitioners and technical workers.
Of the 13 recreation schools with a 100-mile radius of Plano, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Texas Christian University comes out as the most expensive ($24,560/yr) for recreation students, with Tyler Junior College as the lowest, reported at only $5,738/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Plano|
|Flower Mound||TX||72,721||0||-||0||19.8 miles|
|Grand Prairie||TX||167,767||3||23.6315||22||29.4 miles|
|North Richland Hills||TX||67,133||1||26.4697||12||30.3 miles|
|Forth Worth||TX||-||3||11.7915||4||40.0 miles|
|Fort Worth||TX||751,149||10||30.6263||324||40.1 miles|