Rock Island, IL has nine laboratory schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Iowa, the highest ranked school in this group with a laboratory program, has a total student population of 28,987. It is the 782nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 10th highest in the state of Iowa (#1 is Luther College).
Laboratory students from Rock Island 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.
Rock Island lies in Rock Island county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island-IL area has 182,900 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $38,700 average annual salary.
Of the 9 laboratory schools with a 100-mile radius of Rock Island, only 6 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kaplan University comes out as the most expensive ($23,227/yr) for laboratory students, with Illinois Central College as the lowest, reported at only $4,505/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Rock Island|
|Iowa City||IA||69,842||2||33.2806||239||50.8 miles|
|West Burlington||IA||-||1||15.5796||40||56.1 miles|
|Cedar Rapids||IA||130,349||7||32.4429||236||64.7 miles|
|East Peoria||IL||-||2||21.1433||95||78.2 miles|