Southaven, MS (population: 47,625) has thirteen x-ray technician schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Arkansas State University-Main Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a x-ray technician program, has a total student population of 12,156. It is the 462nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Arkansas (#1 is Harding University).
X-Ray Technician students from Southaven 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 Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are 15,060 employed registered nurses earning an average salary of $63,210. Diagnostic medical sonographers in this area earn $50,150/yr and there are 350 employed.
Southaven lies in DeSoto county, which is one of the 35 counties in Mississippi. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.574 out of every 1000 jobs in Southaven are held by diagnostic medical sonographers, and 24.861/1000 are held by registered nurses.
Of the 13 x-ray technician schools with a 100-mile radius of Southaven, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences comes out as the most expensive ($10,813/yr) for x-ray technician students, with Tennessee Technology Center at Jackson as the lowest, reported at only $3,564/yr.