Kirkland, WA (population: 48,153) has two healthcare schools within its city limits. Northwest University, the highest ranked school in the city with a healthcare program, has a total student population of 1,383. It is the 2716th highest ranked school in the USA and the 50th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Healthcare students from Kirkland schools who go on to become healthcare managers, physicians, doctors, health care administrators, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 56,520 people working as healthcare practitioners and technical workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $52,110. Also, Mental health counselors make on average $41,710 per year and there are about 106,920 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,620 employed mental health counselors earning an average salary of $42,890. Healthcare practitioners and technical workers in this area earn $59,230/yr and there are 320 employed.
Kirkland 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 0.224 out of every 1000 jobs in Kirkland are held by healthcare practitioners and technical workers, and 1.153/1000 are held by mental health counselors.
Of the 2 healthcare schools in Kirkland, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northwest University comes out as the most expensive ($17,778/yr) for healthcare students, with Lake Washington Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $6,186/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Kirkland|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||26.5 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||37.5 miles|