Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has two biotechnology schools within its city limits. Portland Community College, the highest ranked school in the city with a biotechnology program, has a total student population of 30,161. It is the 5050th highest ranked school in the USA and the 56th highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Biotechnology students from Portland 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. In fact, in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 50 employed biochemists and biophysicists earning an average salary of $51,700. Medical and clinical laboratory technologists in this area earn $60,330/yr and there are 1,170 employed.
Portland lies in Clackamas county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.178 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by medical and clinical laboratory technologists, and 0.055/1000 are held by biochemists and biophysicists.
Of the 2 biotechnology schools in Portland, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Portland Community College comes out as the most expensive ($6,829/yr) for biotechnology students, with Portland Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,829/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portland|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||12.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||71.8 miles|