Abilene, TX (population: 120,183) has two medical technologist schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Tarleton State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical technologist program, has a total student population of 10,424. It is the 484th highest ranked school in the USA and the 19th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Medical Technologist students from Abilene 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 Abilene area alone, there are 140 employed medical and clinical laboratory technicians earning an average salary of $27,290. Medical and clinical laboratory technologists in this area earn $44,500/yr and there are 100 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 1.574 out of every 1000 jobs in Abilene are held by medical and clinical laboratory technologists, and 2.135/1000 are held by medical and clinical laboratory technicians.
Of the 2 medical technologist schools with a 100-mile radius of Abilene, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Tarleton State University comes out as the most expensive ($13,351/yr) for medical technologist students, with Angelo State University as the lowest, reported at only $10,690/yr.