Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has two surgical technologist schools within its city limits. Concorde Career College, the highest ranked school in the city with a surgical technologist program, has a total student population of 1,113. It is the 1335th highest ranked school in the USA and the 22nd highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Surgical Technologist students from Memphis 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 Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are 360 employed surgeons earning an average salary of $174,880. Surgical technologists in this area earn $36,300/yr and there are 850 employed.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.407 out of every 1000 jobs in Memphis are held by surgical technologists, and 0.592/1000 are held by surgeons.
Of the 2 surgical technologist schools in Memphis, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Concorde Career College comes out as the most expensive ($20,264/yr) for surgical technologist students, with Tennessee Technology Center at Memphis as the lowest, reported at only $10,620/yr.