Harlingen, TX (population: 66,846) has four LVN schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. The University of Texas-Pan American, the highest ranked school in this group with a LVN program, has a total student population of 18,337. It is the 487th highest ranked school in the USA and the 20th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
LVN students from Harlingen schools who go on to become licensed vocational nurses, nurses, LVNs, licensed vocational nurses, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 728,670 people working as licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $40,900. Also, Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants make on average $24,980 per year and there are about 1,438,010 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Brownsville-Harlingen area alone, there are 1,770 employed nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants earning an average salary of $18,370. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in this area earn $40,700/yr and there are 1,020 employed.
Harlingen lies in Cameron county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Brownsville-Harlingen area has 122,990 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.4% unemployment rate, $14.94/hr average worker wage, and a $31,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 8.274 out of every 1000 jobs in Harlingen are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, and 14.356/1000 are held by nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants.
Of the 4 LVN schools with a 100-mile radius of Harlingen, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies comes out as the most expensive ($25,905/yr) for LVN students, with South Texas College as the lowest, reported at only $1,317/yr.
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