Walnut Creek, CA (population: 64,055) has nineteen ultrasound schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Lincoln University, the highest ranked school in this group with an ultrasound program, has a total student population of 629. It is the 1163rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 86th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Ultrasound students from Walnut Creek schools who go on to become ultrasonographers, ultrasound technicians, ultrasound specialists, ultrasound professionals, 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 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward Metropolitan area alone, there are 180 employed surgeons earning an average salary of $238,810. Diagnostic medical sonographers in this area earn $80,520/yr and there are 330 employed.
Walnut Creek lies in Contra Costa county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward Metropolitan area has 990,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $26/hr average worker wage, and a $54,590 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Walnut Creek are held by diagnostic medical sonographers, and 0/1000 are held by surgeons.
Of the 19 ultrasound schools with a 100-mile radius of Walnut Creek, only 11 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, CSI Career College comes out as the most expensive ($44,912/yr) for ultrasound students, with City College of San Francisco as the lowest, reported at only $4,129/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Walnut Creek|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||13.2 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||14.5 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||20.8 miles|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||24.1 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||26.6 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||27.8 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||36.9 miles|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||42.8 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||52.8 miles|