Tuscaloosa, AL (population: 93,932) has two biotechnology schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Mississippi State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a biotechnology program, has a total student population of 18,601. It is the 1124th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Biotechnology students from Tuscaloosa 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.
Tuscaloosa lies in Tuscaloosa county, which is one of the 67 counties in Alabama. Overall, the Tuscaloosa area has 89,970 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $36,430 average annual salary.
Of the 2 biotechnology schools with a 100-mile radius of Tuscaloosa, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Mississippi State University comes out as the most expensive ($11,731/yr) for biotechnology students, with University of Alabama at Birmingham as the lowest, reported at only $11,131/yr.