Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has one x-ray technician school within its city limits. Central New Mexico Community College has a total student population of 27,999. It is the 5420th highest ranked school in the USA and the 26th highest in the state of New Mexico (#1 is New Mexico State University-Main Campus).
X-Ray Technician students from Albuquerque 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 Albuquerque area alone, there are 5,990 employed registered nurses earning an average salary of $66,410. Diagnostic medical sonographers in this area earn $64,640/yr and there are ** employed.
Albuquerque lies in Bernalillo county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary. Thus, about ** out of every 1000 jobs in Albuquerque are held by diagnostic medical sonographers, and 15.694/1000 are held by registered nurses.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Central New Mexico Community College ends up costing a student $10,387/yr.