Tacoma, WA (population: 200,855) has three surgical technologist schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Renton Technical College, the highest ranked school in this group with a surgical technologist program, has a total student population of 4,346. It is the 3607th highest ranked school in the USA and the 62nd highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Surgical Technologist students from Tacoma 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 Tacoma Metropolitan area alone, there are 110 employed surgeons earning an average salary of $#. Surgical technologists in this area earn $45,570/yr and there are 90 employed.
Tacoma lies in Pierce county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Tacoma Metropolitan area has 265,490 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.3% unemployment rate, $21.39/hr average worker wage, and a $44,480 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.347 out of every 1000 jobs in Tacoma are held by surgical technologists, and 0.401/1000 are held by surgeons.
Of the 3 surgical technologist schools with a 100-mile radius of Tacoma, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Renton Technical College comes out as the most expensive ($10,931/yr) for surgical technologist students, with Seattle Central Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,598/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Tacoma|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||7.0 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||11.7 miles|