Bethlehem has a general population of 71,329 and an overall student population of 20,642. Approximately 11,196 of Bethlehem's students are enrolled in schools that offer sonography programs.
The largest sonography school in Bethlehem, by student population, is Northampton County Area Community College. In 2010, Northampton County Area Community College graduated approximately 8 students from its sonography program.
In 2010, 8 students graduated with a sonography degree in Bethlehem. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $18,464 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Bethlehem sonography schools was an average of $21,824 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,300 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a sonography program in Bethlehem. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $6,862 per year, on average, for room and board at Bethlehem-based sonography schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $11,602.
If you plan on staying in Bethlehem after graduating from sonography school, you should know that job prospects for sonographers in Bethlehem, which is the most popular sonography profession, are average. In 2010, there were 2,200 sonographers in Pennsylvania. Of these sonographers, 140 were working in the greater Bethlehem area. The government projects that the number of sonographers in Bethlehem will increase by 10% by the year 2018. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for sonographers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a sonographer in Bethlehem is $63,260 per year, which is higher than the average for sonographers state-wide.