Valdosta, GA (population: 50,660) has one x-ray technician school within its city limits. Valdosta Technical College has a total student population of 3,585. It is the 5159th highest ranked school in the USA and the 137th highest in the state of Georgia (#1 is Emory University).
X-Ray Technician students from Valdosta schools who go on to become X-ray technicians, sonography specialists, ultrasound technicians, 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, Registered nurses make on average $66,530 per year and there are about 2,583,770 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Valdosta area alone, there are 1,030 employed registered nurses earning an average salary of $53,720. Diagnostic medical sonographers in this area earn $54,490/yr and there are 30 employed.
Valdosta lies in Lowndes county, which is one of the 106 counties in Georgia. Overall, the Valdosta area has 53,240 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $15/hr average worker wage, and a $31,640 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Valdosta are held by diagnostic medical sonographers, and 19/1000 are held by registered nurses.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Valdosta Technical College ends up costing a student $4,362/yr.