Fresno, CA (population: 490,930) has one biotechnology school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of California-Merced has a total student population of 3,414. It is the 693rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 43rd highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Biotechnology students from Fresno 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.
Fresno lies in Fresno county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Fresno area has 323,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,460 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of California-Merced ends up costing a student $11,970/yr.
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