Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has six school counseling schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Harding University, the highest ranked school in this group with a school counseling program, has a total student population of 6,484. It is the 224th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Arkansas.
School Counseling students from Memphis schools who go on to become school counselors, childhood educators, college counselors, health information specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 30,900 people working as counselors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $44,400. Also, Educational, vocational, and school counselors make on average $55,030 per year and there are about 251,050 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are 990 employed educational, vocational, and school counselors earning an average salary of $49,070. Counselors in this area earn $32,620/yr and there are 180 employed.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.297 out of every 1000 jobs in Memphis are held by counselors, and 1.637/1000 are held by educational, vocational, and school counselors.
Of the 6 school counseling schools with a 100-mile radius of Memphis, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Freed-Hardeman University comes out as the most expensive ($15,317/yr) for school counseling students, with University of Memphis as the lowest, reported at only $9,332/yr.