Great Falls, MT (population: 60,015) has two sonography schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Weber State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a sonography program, has a total student population of 23,001. It is the 3372nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 36th highest in the state of Utah (#1 is University of Utah).
Sonography students from Great Falls 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.
Great Falls lies in Cascade county, which is one of the 36 counties in Montana. Overall, the Great Falls area has 36,010 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.5% unemployment rate, $16.19/hr average worker wage, and a $33,680 average annual salary.
Of the 2 sonography schools with a 500-mile radius of Great Falls, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Weber State University comes out as the most expensive ($9,922/yr) for sonography students, with Spokane Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,422/yr.