Seattle, WA (population: 614,214) has two biotechnology schools within its city limits. University of Washington-Seattle Campus, the highest ranked school in the city with a biotechnology program, has a total student population of 45,943. It is the 26th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Washington.
Biotechnology students from Seattle 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 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area alone, there are 170 employed biochemists and biophysicists earning an average salary of $60,200. Medical and clinical laboratory technologists in this area earn $62,510/yr and there are 1,530 employed.
Seattle lies in King county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area has 1,404,710 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $25.60/hr average worker wage, and a $53,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.092 out of every 1000 jobs in Seattle are held by medical and clinical laboratory technologists, and 0.120/1000 are held by biochemists and biophysicists.
Of the 2 biotechnology schools in Seattle, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Washington-Seattle Campus comes out as the most expensive ($8,906/yr) for biotechnology students, with Seattle Central Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,598/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Seattle|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||21.4 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||33.4 miles|