Sarasota, FL (population: 52,304) has sixteen respiratory therapy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of South Florida, the highest ranked school in this group with a respiratory 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).
Respiratory Therapy students from Sarasota schools who go on to become respiratory therapists, respiratory care specialists, respiratory care practitioners, certified respiratory therapists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 107,270 people working as respiratory therapists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $54,200.
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.
Of the 16 respiratory therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of Sarasota, only 6 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Eckerd College comes out as the most expensive ($31,359/yr) for respiratory 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|