Kent, WA (population: 84,987) has six sonography schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Seattle University, the highest ranked school in this group with a sonography program, has a total student population of 7,751. It is the 169th highest ranked school in the USA and the 6th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Sonography students from Kent 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. In fact, in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area alone, there are 420 employed pediatricians, general earning an average salary of $170,930. Diagnostic medical sonographers in this area earn $79,660/yr and there are 550 employed.
Kent lies in King county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area has 1,404,710 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $25.60/hr average worker wage, and a $53,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.392 out of every 1000 jobs in Kent are held by diagnostic medical sonographers, and 0.295/1000 are held by pediatricians, general.
Of the 6 sonography schools with a 100-mile radius of Kent, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Seattle University comes out as the most expensive ($27,268/yr) for sonography students, with Bellevue College as the lowest, reported at only $4,749/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Kent|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||7.3 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||17.3 miles|