Gastonia, NC (population: 75,340) has eleven phlebotomy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Forrest Junior College, the highest ranked school in this group with a phlebotomy program, has a total student population of 94. It is the 1452nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 18th highest in the state of South Carolina (#1 is Clemson University).
Phlebotomy students from Gastonia 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 Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area alone, there are 1,470 employed medical assistants earning an average salary of $29,320. Registered nurses in this area earn $58,600/yr and there are 17,030 employed.
Gastonia lies in Gaston county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area has 837,820 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.10/hr average worker wage, and a $43,890 average annual salary. Thus, about 20.329 out of every 1000 jobs in Gastonia are held by registered nurses, and 1.751/1000 are held by medical assistants.
Of the 11 phlebotomy schools with a 100-mile radius of Gastonia, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, King's College comes out as the most expensive ($20,664/yr) for phlebotomy students, with Cleveland Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,115/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Gastonia|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||22.9 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||74.4 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||78.5 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||82.9 miles|