Colleges and Universities in Washington
Choosing a university is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make. You've heard it before, and it's true, so choose wisely. One recommendation is to save a bundle and rediscover why thousands of students move to Washington for college every year. Why not stay put in the land of rivers, gorges, lakes, apples and high tech? The state is also home to two public research universities--the University of Washington and Washington State University--and both have histories dating back 100 years or more. There are other public universities and colleges in Washington as well as private schools like Seattle University, a Jesuit Catholic institution, and the University of Puget Sound, which offers a vast selection of liberal arts training.
Career opportunities for graduates of universities in Washington
Washington is not only a great place to go to college, but it's also a great place to start a career. The job market is solid, especially in high-growth fields such as engineering, software development and telecommunications. Plenty of highly-reputable companies call Washington home. A 2007 Fortune magazine study of the nation's top 20 most admired companies included four Washington companies: Microsoft (you knew that was coming), Costco (cheapest lunch in town), Starbucks (watch that college budget) and Nordstrom (best return policy in the country). The state's economy is listed as recovering, according to Moody's Analytics, and there are a number of occupations in the state requiring a bachelor's degree or beyond that have large numbers of openings and could have opportunities for you.
According to 2010 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean earned wages associated with some of these fields were:
- Accountants and auditors: $65,230
- Civil engineers: $80,430
- Computer software engineers, applications: $94,350
- Elementary school teachers: $57,760
- Market research analysts: $79,970
- Network systems and data communication analysts: $81,120
It's time to look at your home state with new eyes: Washington can be a fantastic, affordable place to attend a university and an ideal state to start drawing a real paycheck.