Huntsville, AL (population: 185,501) has five sonography schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia College-Birmingham, the highest ranked school in this group with a sonography program, has a total student population of 7,060. It is the 2492nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 18th highest in the state of Alabama (#1 is Auburn University Main Campus).
Sonography students from Huntsville schools who go on to become sonographers, sonography specialists, diagnostic medical sonographers, ultrasonographers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 51,630 people working as diagnostic medical sonographers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $63,640. Also, Pediatricians, general make on average $161,410 per year and there are about 29,460 of them employed in the US today.
Huntsville lies in Madison county, which is one of the 67 counties in Alabama. Overall, the Huntsville area has 205,550 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $46,220 average annual salary.
Of the 5 sonography schools with a 100-mile radius of Huntsville, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia College-Birmingham comes out as the most expensive ($21,586/yr) for sonography students, with John C Calhoun State Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,310/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Huntsville|
|Rock Spring||GA||-||1||1.08982||0||79.2 miles|
|Mount Berry||GA||-||1||63.3969||60||87.8 miles|