Sparks, NV (population: 91,721) has twenty-four medical technologist schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of California-Davis, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical technologist program, has a total student population of 31,247. It is the 41st highest ranked school in the USA and the 6th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Medical Technologist students from Sparks schools who go on to become medical technologists, medical informatics specialists, medical technicians, health information technologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 166,860 people working as medical and clinical laboratory technologists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $55,620. Also, Medical and clinical laboratory technicians make on average $37,860 per year and there are about 152,420 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Reno-Sparks area alone, there are 160 employed medical and clinical laboratory technicians earning an average salary of $36,870. Medical and clinical laboratory technologists in this area earn $67,410/yr and there are 190 employed.
Sparks lies in Washoe county, which is one of the 8 counties in Nevada. Overall, the Reno-Sparks area has 199,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $19.92/hr average worker wage, and a $41,440 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.951 out of every 1000 jobs in Sparks are held by medical and clinical laboratory technologists, and 0.794/1000 are held by medical and clinical laboratory technicians.
Of the 24 medical technologist schools with a 500-mile radius of Sparks, only 18 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kaplan College-Vista comes out as the most expensive ($38,865/yr) for medical technologist students, with California State University-Dominguez Hills as the lowest, reported at only $2,451/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Sparks|
|Carson City||NV||54,870||1||8.29894||62||27.0 miles|
|South Lake Tahoe||CA||-||1||18.5751||60||44.0 miles|