Merced, CA (population: 78,579) has nine phlebotomy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Institute for Business and Technology, the highest ranked school in this group with a phlebotomy program, has a total student population of 691. It is the 954th highest ranked school in the USA and the 61st highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Phlebotomy students from Merced schools who go on to become phlebotomists. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,583,770 people working as registered nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $66,530. 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 Merced area alone, there are 380 employed medical assistants earning an average salary of $24,890. Registered nurses in this area earn $77,180/yr and there are 500 employed.
Merced lies in Merced county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Merced area has 59,560 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $38,040 average annual salary. Thus, about 8 out of every 1000 jobs in Merced are held by registered nurses, and 6/1000 are held by medical assistants.
Of the 9 phlebotomy schools with a 100-mile radius of Merced, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Institute for Business and Technology comes out as the most expensive ($16,785/yr) for phlebotomy students, with De Anza College as the lowest, reported at only $3,899/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Merced|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||75.4 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||82.1 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||87.1 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||89.0 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||91.2 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||95.0 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||95.9 miles|