Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has seven biology schools within its city limits. Reed College, the highest ranked school in the city with a biology program, has a total student population of 1,481. It is the 100th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Oregon. To learn more about biology programs in Portland, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of biology professors at Reed College such as Steve Arch, Steven Black, Bob Kaplan, Keith Karoly, Maryanne Mc Clellan, and Jay Mellies.
Biology students from Portland schools who go on to become biologists, marine biologists, wildlife biologists, molecular biologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 29,630 people working as biological scientists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $69,430. Also, Zoologists and wildlife biologists make on average $60,670 per year and there are about 17,460 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 710 employed zoologists and wildlife biologists earning an average salary of $68,770. Biological scientists in this area earn $70,090/yr and there are 430 employed.
Portland lies in Clackamas county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. 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 0.434 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by biological scientists, and 0.717/1000 are held by zoologists and wildlife biologists.
Of the 7 biology schools in Portland, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lewis & Clark College comes out as the most expensive ($28,753/yr) for biology students, with Portland State University as the lowest, reported at only $11,824/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portland|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||12.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||71.8 miles|