Columbia, SC (population: 130,246) has twelve pharmacy technician schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Newberry College, the highest ranked school in this group with a pharmacy technician program, has a total student population of 1,103. It is the 611th highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of South Carolina (#1 is Clemson University).
Pharmacy Technician students from Columbia schools who go on to become pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, pharmacologists, pharmacy professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 331,890 people working as pharmacy technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $28,940.
Columbia lies in Richland county, which is one of the 27 counties in South Carolina. Overall, the Columbia area has 334,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $18.76/hr average worker wage, and a $39,020 average annual salary.
Of the 12 pharmacy technician schools with a 100-mile radius of Columbia, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Brookstone College comes out as the most expensive ($34,289/yr) for pharmacy technician students, with Augusta Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $4,330/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Columbia|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||62.8 miles|
|North Augusta||SC||-||1||27.4739||4||72.2 miles|
|North Charleston||SC||99,930||3||24.6487||24||92.3 miles|