Washington contains seven schools that offer laboratory science programs. University of Washington-Seattle Campus, the highest-ranking laboratory science school in WA, has a total student population of 45,943 and is the 26th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 7 laboratory science schools in Washington, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Seattle University comes out as the most expensive ($27,268/yr), with Shoreline Community College as the lowest recorded at only $7,150/yr.
Laboratory Science students from Washington 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 Washington alone, there are 2,720 employed medical and clinical laboratory technicians earning an average yearly salary of $38,470. Biological scientists in this state earn $65,140/yr and there are 1,260 employed.
Also, within the laboratory science schools in Washington, the average student population is 3,354 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1. Aside from laboratory science, there are 3883 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 2,017 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $3,803, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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