Plano, TX (population: 282,016) has nine medical technologist schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Texas Woman's University, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical technologist program, has a total student population of 13,338. It is the 412th highest ranked school in the USA and the 13th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Medical Technologist students from Plano 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 Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area alone, there are 2,660 employed medical and clinical laboratory technicians earning an average salary of $36,280. Medical and clinical laboratory technologists in this area earn $54,150/yr and there are 2,640 employed.
Plano lies in Dallas county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area has 2,047,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.17/hr average worker wage, and a $46,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.288 out of every 1000 jobs in Plano are held by medical and clinical laboratory technologists, and 1.301/1000 are held by medical and clinical laboratory technicians.
Of the 9 medical technologist schools with a 100-mile radius of Plano, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Southwestern Adventist University comes out as the most expensive ($15,688/yr) for medical technologist students, with El Centro College as the lowest, reported at only $5,469/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Plano|
|Flower Mound||TX||72,721||0||-||0||19.8 miles|
|Grand Prairie||TX||167,767||3||23.6315||22||29.4 miles|
|North Richland Hills||TX||67,133||1||26.4697||12||30.3 miles|
|Forth Worth||TX||-||3||11.7915||4||40.0 miles|
|Fort Worth||TX||751,149||10||30.6263||324||40.1 miles|