Atlanta, GA (population: 571,861) has three forensic science schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Mercer University, the highest ranked school in this group with a forensic science program, has a total student population of 8,072. It is the 246th highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Georgia (#1 is Emory University). To learn more about forensic science programs in Atlanta, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of forensic science professors at Mercer University such as Jose Balduz, Nancy Dopke, Peter Marone, Randall Peters, Rood, and John Shepherd.
Forensic Science students from Atlanta schools who go on to become forensic science technicians, forensics specialists, crime scene forensics specialists, forensic scientists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 12,870 people working as forensic science technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $55,070. Also, Biological scientists make on average $69,430 per year and there are about 29,630 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area alone, there are 510 employed biological scientists earning an average salary of $71,830. Forensic science technicians in this area earn $51,520/yr and there are 150 employed.
Atlanta lies in Fulton county, which is one of the 106 counties in Georgia. Overall, the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area has 2,290,890 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $45,520 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Atlanta are held by forensic science technicians, and 0/1000 are held by biological scientists.
Of the 3 forensic science schools with a 100-mile radius of Atlanta, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Mercer University comes out as the most expensive ($18,050/yr) for forensic science students, with University of West Georgia as the lowest, reported at only $9,714/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Atlanta|
|East Point||GA||43,748||1||19.2965||19||6.9 miles|
|North Atlanta||GA||51,827||0||-||0||8.6 miles|
|Mount Berry||GA||-||1||63.3969||60||56.4 miles|
|Toccoa Falls||GA||-||1||28.3429||33||83.8 miles|
|Rock Spring||GA||-||1||1.08982||0||87.3 miles|
|Fort Valley||GA||-||1||21.9471||51||89.0 miles|
|Warner Robins||GA||64,183||3||21.3509||61||91.8 miles|
|Phenix City||AL||-||1||9.50663||23||95.3 miles|