El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has one biotechnology school within its city limits. The University of Texas at El Paso has a total student population of 21,011. It is the 2801st highest ranked school in the USA and the 130th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Biotechnology students from El Paso 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.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The University of Texas at El Paso ends up costing a student $5,224/yr.