Knoxville, TN (population: 187,071) has two surgical technologist schools within its city limits. Tennessee Technology Center at Knoxville, the highest ranked school in the city with a surgical technologist program, has a total student population of 1,055. It is the 2221st highest ranked school in the USA and the 52nd highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Surgical Technologist students from Knoxville schools who go on to become surgical technologists, surgeons, surgical technicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 91,250 people working as surgical technologists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $40,710. Also, Surgeons make on average $219,770 per year and there are about 44,560 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Knoxville area alone, there are 270 employed surgeons earning an average salary of $#. Surgical technologists in this area earn $34,610/yr and there are 460 employed.
Knoxville lies in Knox county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Knoxville area has 324,080 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $18.18/hr average worker wage, and a $37,820 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.427 out of every 1000 jobs in Knoxville are held by surgical technologists, and 0.830/1000 are held by surgeons.
Of the 2 surgical technologist schools in Knoxville, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, South College comes out as the most expensive ($22,450/yr) for surgical technologist students, with Tennessee Technology Center at Knoxville as the lowest, reported at only $3,768/yr.
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