Vancouver, WA (population: 169,603) has eight x-ray technician schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Concorde Career Institute, the highest ranked school in this group with a x-ray technician program, has a total student population of 720. It is the 1149th highest ranked school in the USA and the 12th highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
X-Ray Technician students from Vancouver 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 Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 18,650 employed registered nurses earning an average salary of $76,010. Diagnostic medical sonographers in this area earn $81,520/yr and there are 290 employed.
Vancouver lies in Clark county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.294 out of every 1000 jobs in Vancouver are held by diagnostic medical sonographers, and 18.774/1000 are held by registered nurses.
Of the 8 x-ray technician schools with a 100-mile radius of Vancouver, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Concorde Career Institute comes out as the most expensive ($23,664/yr) for x-ray technician students, with Linn-Benton Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,982/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Vancouver|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||18.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||70.7 miles|