El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has two clinical research schools within its city limits. The University of Texas at El Paso, the highest ranked school in the city with a clinical research program, has a total student population of 21,011. It is the 2801st highest ranked school in the USA and the 130th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Clinical Research students from El Paso schools who go on to become clinical researchers, clinical laboratory researchers, institutional research directors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 152,420 people working as medical and clinical laboratory technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $37,860. Also, Medical records and health information technicians make on average $33,880 per year and there are about 170,580 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the El Paso area alone, there are 340 employed medical records and health information technicians earning an average salary of $33,040. Medical and clinical laboratory technicians in this area earn $31,270/yr and there are 440 employed.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.621 out of every 1000 jobs in El Paso are held by medical and clinical laboratory technicians, and 1.258/1000 are held by medical records and health information technicians.
Of the 2 clinical research schools in El Paso, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The University of Texas at El Paso comes out as the most expensive ($5,224/yr) for clinical research students, with El Paso Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,368/yr.