Virginia Beach, VA (population: 439,564) has fourteen biology schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. College of William and Mary, the highest ranked school in this group with a biology program, has a total student population of 7,874. It is the 39th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Biology students from Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 90 employed zoologists and wildlife biologists earning an average salary of $50,300. Biological scientists in this area earn $69,680/yr and there are 140 employed.
Virginia Beach lies in Virginia Beach county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.195 out of every 1000 jobs in Virginia Beach are held by biological scientists, and 0.129/1000 are held by zoologists and wildlife biologists.
Of the 14 biology schools with a 100-mile radius of Virginia Beach, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia Wesleyan College comes out as the most expensive ($23,554/yr) for biology students, with Elizabeth City State University as the lowest, reported at only $3,335/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Virginia Beach|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||35.1 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||90.3 miles|