Southaven, MS (population: 47,625) has nine laboratory science schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Arkansas State University-Main Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a laboratory science program, has a total student population of 12,156. It is the 462nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Arkansas (#1 is Harding University).
Laboratory Science students from Southaven schools who go on to become laboratory scientists, laboratory technicians, lab techs, clinical laboratory technicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 29,630 people working as biological scientists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $69,430. Also, Medical and clinical laboratory technicians make on average $37,860 per year and there are about 152,420 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are 1,290 employed medical and clinical laboratory technicians earning an average salary of $33,910. Biological scientists in this area earn $69,200/yr and there are 70 employed.
Southaven lies in DeSoto county, which is one of the 35 counties in Mississippi. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.109 out of every 1000 jobs in Southaven are held by biological scientists, and 2.133/1000 are held by medical and clinical laboratory technicians.
Of the 9 laboratory science schools with a 100-mile radius of Southaven, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Mississippi Main Campus comes out as the most expensive ($12,621/yr) for laboratory science students, with Northwest Mississippi Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,877/yr.