Austin, TX (population: 792,778) has two biotechnology schools within its city limits. Saint Edward's University, the highest ranked school in the city with a biotechnology program, has a total student population of 5,293. It is the 242nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Biotechnology students from Austin 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 Austin-Round Rock area alone, there are ** employed biochemists and biophysicists earning an average salary of $67,420. Medical and clinical laboratory technologists in this area earn $44,840/yr and there are 630 employed.
Austin lies in Travis county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Austin-Round Rock area has 769,370 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $21.72/hr average worker wage, and a $45,180 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.817 out of every 1000 jobs in Austin are held by medical and clinical laboratory technologists, and **/1000 are held by biochemists and biophysicists.
Of the 2 biotechnology schools in Austin, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Saint Edward's University comes out as the most expensive ($20,510/yr) for biotechnology students, with Austin Community College District as the lowest, reported at only $7,469/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Austin|
|Cedar Park||TX||72,258||0||-||0||14.6 miles|
|San Antonio||TX||1,402,013||34||23.3851||958||74.4 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||88.2 miles|