Abilene, TX (population: 120,183) has one medical billing and coding school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Texas State Technical College-West Texas has a total student population of 1,689. It is the 4410th highest ranked school in the USA and the 232nd highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Medical Billing and Coding students from Abilene schools who go on to become medical billing and coding specialists, medical billing specialists, medical administrators, medical secretaries, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 170,580 people working as medical records and health information technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $33,880. Also, Emergency medical technicians and paramedics make on average $33,020 per year and there are about 217,920 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Abilene area alone, there are ** employed emergency medical technicians and paramedics earning an average salary of $26,840. Medical records and health information technicians in this area earn $31,810/yr and there are 120 employed.
Abilene lies in Taylor county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Abilene area has 63,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $16.24/hr average worker wage, and a $33,770 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.911 out of every 1000 jobs in Abilene are held by medical records and health information technicians, and **/1000 are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Texas State Technical College-West Texas ends up costing a student $9,073/yr.