Virginia contains six schools that offer biotechnology programs. James Madison University, the highest-ranking biotechnology school in VA, has a total student population of 18,971 and is the 72nd highest ranked school in America.
Of the 6 biotechnology schools in Virginia, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia Commonwealth University comes out as the most expensive ($15,907/yr), with John Tyler Community College as the lowest recorded at only $4,710/yr.
Biotechnology students from Virginia 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 Virginia alone, there are 200 employed biochemists and biophysicists earning an average yearly salary of $73,790. Medical and clinical laboratory technologists in this state earn $53,380/yr and there are 4,720 employed.
Also, within the biotechnology schools in Virginia, the average student population is 3,287 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 16 to 1. Aside from biotechnology, there are 3782 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 2,568 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $4,181, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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