Des Moines, IA (population: 200,202) has one x-ray technician school within its city limits. Mercy College of Health Sciences has a total student population of 793. It is the 1687th highest ranked school in the USA and the 25th highest in the state of Iowa (#1 is Luther College).
X-Ray Technician students from Des Moines 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 Des Moines-West Des Moines area alone, there are 6,260 employed registered nurses earning an average salary of $55,890. Diagnostic medical sonographers in this area earn $57,340/yr and there are 100 employed.
Des Moines lies in Polk county, which is one of the 52 counties in Iowa. Overall, the Des Moines-West Des Moines area has 322,000 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $42,120 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Des Moines are held by diagnostic medical sonographers, and 19/1000 are held by registered nurses.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Mercy College of Health Sciences ends up costing a student $16,028/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Des Moines|
|West Des Moines||IA||57,065||1||4.37611||3||6.8 miles|
|Fort Dodge||IA||-||2||25.3587||65||69.4 miles|
|Cedar Falls||IA||-||3||27.7287||174||88.8 miles|