Vancouver, WA (population: 169,603) has two ultrasound technician schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Centralia College, the highest ranked school in this group with an ultrasound technician program, has a total student population of 3,574. It is the 4249th highest ranked school in the USA and the 65th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Ultrasound Technician students from Vancouver schools who go on to become ultrasound technicians, sonographers, sonography specialists, ultrasound specialists, 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, 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 Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 550 employed surgeons earning an average salary of $230,180. Diagnostic medical sonographers in this area earn $81,520/yr and there are 290 employed.
Vancouver lies in Clark county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.294 out of every 1000 jobs in Vancouver are held by diagnostic medical sonographers, and 0.558/1000 are held by surgeons.
Of the 2 ultrasound technician schools with a 100-mile radius of Vancouver, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Everest College-Portland comes out as the most expensive ($18,272/yr) for ultrasound technician students, with Centralia College as the lowest, reported at only $6,416/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Vancouver|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||18.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||70.7 miles|