Alpine, TX has forty-eight medical technologist schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. The University of Texas at Austin, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical technologist program, has a total student population of 50,995. It is the 18th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Medical Technologist students from Alpine 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 Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 40 employed medical and clinical laboratory technicians earning an average salary of $33,650. Medical and clinical laboratory technologists in this area earn $48,240/yr and there are 70 employed.
Alpine lies in Brewster county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area has 83,120 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.1% unemployment rate, $14.71/hr average worker wage, and a $30,590 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.801 out of every 1000 jobs in Alpine are held by medical and clinical laboratory technologists, and 0.510/1000 are held by medical and clinical laboratory technicians.
Of the 48 medical technologist schools with a 500-mile radius of Alpine, only 22 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, South Texas Vo-Tech Institute comes out as the most expensive ($27,570/yr) for medical technologist students, with The University of Texas-Pan American as the lowest, reported at only $1,646/yr.
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