Harlingen, TX (population: 66,846) has four medical technologist 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 medical technologist 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).
Medical Technologist students from Harlingen 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 Brownsville-Harlingen area alone, there are 130 employed medical and clinical laboratory technicians earning an average salary of $29,290. Medical and clinical laboratory technologists in this area earn $49,020/yr and there are 150 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 1.255 out of every 1000 jobs in Harlingen are held by medical and clinical laboratory technologists, and 1.026/1000 are held by medical and clinical laboratory technicians.
Of the 4 medical technologist schools with a 100-mile radius of Harlingen, only 1 has 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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