San Luis Obispo, CA (population: 43,926) has one medical transcription school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. California College of Vocational Careers has a total student population of 82. It is the 3392nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 324th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Medical Transcription students from San Luis Obispo schools who go on to become medical transcriptionists, medical assistants, medical billing specialists, medical secretaries, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 82,810 people working as medical transcriptionists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $33,350. Also, Medical assistants make on average $29,450 per year and there are about 495,970 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles area alone, there are 780 employed medical assistants earning an average salary of $30,640. Medical transcriptionists in this area earn $37,040/yr and there are 50 employed.
San Luis Obispo lies in San Luis Obispo county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles area has 99,740 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $21/hr average worker wage, and a $43,470 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in San Luis Obispo are held by medical transcriptionists, and 8/1000 are held by medical assistants.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, California College of Vocational Careers ends up costing a student $12,501/yr.