North Little Rock, AR (population: 59,309) has eight laboratory schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Baptist Health Schools-Little Rock, the highest ranked school in this group with a laboratory program, has a total student population of 1,022. It is the 1356th highest ranked school in the USA and the 14th highest in the state of Arkansas (#1 is Harding University).
Laboratory students from North Little Rock schools who go on to become laboratory analysts, laboratory technicians, clinical laboratory technicians, clinical laboratory researchers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 26,130 people working as computer and information scientists, research alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $105,370. Also, Biological scientists make on average $69,430 per year and there are about 29,630 of them employed in the US today.
North Little Rock lies in Pulaski county, which is one of the 57 counties in Arkansas. Overall, the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area has 330,720 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $38,470 average annual salary.
Of the 8 laboratory schools with a 100-mile radius of North Little Rock, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Baptist Health Schools-Little Rock comes out as the most expensive ($16,327/yr) for laboratory students, with Arkansas State University-Beebe as the lowest, reported at only $6,687/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from North Little Rock|
|Little Rock||AR||192,247||12||20.3043||243||7.0 miles|
|Hot Springs||AR||-||2||23.3818||62||49.4 miles|