Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has six chemistry schools within its city limits. Reed College, the highest ranked school in the city with a chemistry program, has a total student population of 1,481. It is the 100th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Oregon. To learn more about chemistry programs in Portland, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of chemistry professors at Reed College such as Tom Dunne, Juliane Fry, Dan Gerrity, Margaret Gesselbracht, Arthur Glasfeld, and Ron McClard.
Chemistry students from Portland schools who go on to become chemists, biochemists, analytical research chemists, chemistry professors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 79,910 people working as chemists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $72,740. 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 Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 50 employed biochemists and biophysicists earning an average salary of $51,700. Chemists in this area earn $56,520/yr and there are 280 employed.
Portland lies in Clackamas county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.280 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by chemists, and 0.055/1000 are held by biochemists and biophysicists.
Of the 6 chemistry schools in Portland, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lewis & Clark College comes out as the most expensive ($28,753/yr) for chemistry students, with Portland State University as the lowest, reported at only $11,824/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portland|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||12.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||71.8 miles|