Houston, TX (population: 2,307,883) has five biotechnology schools within its city limits. Rice University, the highest ranked school in the city with a biotechnology program, has a total student population of 5,576. It is the 28th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Texas.
Biotechnology students from Houston 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 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area alone, there are 100 employed biochemists and biophysicists earning an average salary of $104,720. Medical and clinical laboratory technologists in this area earn $53,110/yr and there are 3,390 employed.
Houston lies in Harris county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area has 2,563,840 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $21.58/hr average worker wage, and a $44,880 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.324 out of every 1000 jobs in Houston are held by medical and clinical laboratory technologists, and 0.039/1000 are held by biochemists and biophysicists.
Of the 5 biotechnology schools in Houston, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of St Thomas comes out as the most expensive ($18,514/yr) for biotechnology students, with Houston Community College System as the lowest, reported at only $7,796/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Houston|
|South Houston||TX||-||1||23.7623||5||11.9 miles|
|Missouri City||TX||77,622||0||-||0||16.5 miles|
|League City||TX||78,312||0||-||0||25.7 miles|
|The Woodlands||TX||101,065||1||14.626||77||27.6 miles|
|Texas City||TX||44,907||1||8.31197||63||35.9 miles|
|Prairie View||TX||-||1||50.8259||82||42.2 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||79.5 miles|