Mobile, AL (population: 190,007) has fifty-six biotechnology schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Vanderbilt University, the highest ranked school in this group with a biotechnology program, has a total student population of 12,506. It is the 17th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Tennessee.
Biotechnology students from Mobile 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.
Mobile lies in Mobile county, which is one of the 67 counties in Alabama. Overall, the Mobile area has 172,980 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $36,850 average annual salary.
Of the 56 biotechnology schools with a 500-mile radius of Mobile, only 32 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Florida Institute of Technology comes out as the most expensive ($25,836/yr) for biotechnology students, with Southwest Tennessee Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,338/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Mobile|
|Bay Minette||AL||-||1||14.4825||35||23.5 miles|
|Orange Beach||AL||-||1||9.16962||21||40.7 miles|
|Fort Walton Beach||FL||-||1||18.8268||27||89.6 miles|