Fife, WA has seven laboratory technician schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Renton Technical College, the highest ranked school in this group with a laboratory technician program, has a total student population of 4,346. It is the 3607th highest ranked school in the USA and the 62nd highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Laboratory Technician students from Fife schools who go on to become laboratory technicians, clinical laboratory technicians, medical laboratory technicians, laboratory technicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 152,420 people working as medical and clinical laboratory technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $37,860. Also, Environmental science and protection technicians, including health make on average $43,520 per year and there are about 30,870 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Tacoma Metropolitan area alone, there are 110 employed environmental science and protection technicians, including health earning an average salary of $35,190. Medical and clinical laboratory technicians in this area earn $40,250/yr and there are 240 employed.
Fife lies in Pierce county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Tacoma Metropolitan area has 265,490 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.3% unemployment rate, $21.39/hr average worker wage, and a $44,480 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.887 out of every 1000 jobs in Fife are held by medical and clinical laboratory technicians, and 0.425/1000 are held by environmental science and protection technicians, including health.
Of the 7 laboratory technician schools with a 100-mile radius of Fife, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Bates Technical College comes out as the most expensive ($12,542/yr) for laboratory technician students, with Shoreline Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,150/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Fife|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||5.0 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||8.0 miles|