Odessa, TX (population: 102,535) has one medical technologist school within its city limits. Odessa College has a total student population of 5,132. It is the 4930th highest ranked school in the USA and the 275th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Medical Technologist students from Odessa 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 Odessa area alone, there are 40 employed medical and clinical laboratory technicians earning an average salary of $36,170. Medical and clinical laboratory technologists in this area earn $*/yr and there are 50 employed.
Odessa lies in Ector county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Odessa area has 60,350 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.4% unemployment rate, $18.40/hr average worker wage, and a $38,280 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.787 out of every 1000 jobs in Odessa are held by medical and clinical laboratory technologists, and 0.656/1000 are held by medical and clinical laboratory technicians.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Odessa College ends up costing a student $4,063/yr.