Fort Myers has a total population of 48,208 and a student population of 31,873. Of these students, 11,092 are enrolled in schools that offer occupational therapy programs.
Florida Gulf Coast University is the largest occupational therapy school in Fort Myers, based on student population. In 2010, Florida Gulf Coast University graduated approximately 16 students with credentials in occupational therapy.
In 2010, 16 students graduated with an occupational therapy degree in Fort Myers. If you decide to attend one of Fort Myers's occupational therapy schools, you can expect to pay an average of $16,679 per year in instate tuition and $31,938 per year in out of state tuition.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,200 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a occupational therapy program in Fort Myers. And if you live on campus at one of the Fort Myers-based occupational therapy schools, you will have an added expense of $7,642 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $9,037.
If you plan on staying in Fort Myers after graduating from occupational therapy school, you should know that job prospects for occupational therapists in Fort Myers, which is the most popular occupational therapy profession, are good. In 2010, there were 6,100 occupational therapists in Florida. Of these occupational therapists, 120 were working in the greater Fort Myers area. The government projects that the number of occupational therapists in Fort Myers will increase by 25% by the year 2018. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for occupational therapists.
As an occupational therapist in Fort Myers, you can expect to make an average salary of $82,590 per year. This is higher than the average salary for occupational therapists in the state.