Dothan, AL (population: 68,618) has three biotechnology schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Florida State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a biotechnology program, has a total student population of 39,785. It is the 705th highest ranked school in the USA and the 25th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Biotechnology students from Dothan schools who go on to become biotechnologists, bioengineers, biomedical engineers, biophysicists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 166,860 people working as medical and clinical laboratory technologists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $55,620. Also, Biochemists and biophysicists make on average $88,550 per year and there are about 22,860 of them employed in the US today.
Dothan lies in Houston county, which is one of the 67 counties in Alabama. Overall, the Dothan area has 58,520 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $16/hr average worker wage, and a $34,190 average annual salary.
Of the 3 biotechnology schools with a 100-mile radius of Dothan, all of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Florida State University comes out as the most expensive ($11,945/yr) for biotechnology students, with Tallahassee Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,968/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Dothan|
|Phenix City||AL||-||1||9.50663||23||88.5 miles|
|Fort Walton Beach||FL||-||1||18.8268||27||91.4 miles|
|Auburn University||AL||-||1||74.9047||131||94.4 miles|