Boise is Idaho’s capital city and largest metropolitan area, with over 300,000 residents. In the Boise area, there are more than a hundred technical communicators. Many work for large corporations such as Micron Technology or Hewlett-Packard, but a number are employed by smaller hardware or software companies. Locally, the expansion in the high technology and service sectors in the Boise area ensures continuing high demand for technical communicators. In addition, many technical communicators work for state and federal agencies. Because there are numerous internship opportunities for technical communication in the Boise area, many of our graduates take full-time positions with organizations for which they interned. The median income for technical communicators in the northwest is $61,000.
Located at 2,842 feet in elevation, Boise is within minutes of mountains offering many recreational activities, including fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, skiing, and sightseeing. Residents are able to enjoy these and other activities because of Boise’s generally moderate climate, typically low humidity, and sparse snowfall in the winter. The mean temperature is 51 degrees, and average yearly precipitation is only 12 inches.
Our Boise State campus sits on the Boise River and 25-miles of Greenbelt. A small distance from campus, you will find 130 miles of trails to hike, ride, or run. Love winter sports? Bogus Basin is 16.5 miles from the Boise State campus. Water sports more of your thing? Idaho has more whitewater than any of the lower 48 states–much of it a day trip from campus. Need someone to show you how it’s done? Visit Campus Rec to join an upcoming trip or for outdoor recreation rentals, including rafts, kayaks, climbing, and camping gear. There’s a reason Outside Magazine voted Boise as one of the best towns for adventure and one of the best River Towns in America.
Boise also has an active and avid cycling community. Get support for your cycling habit at the Boise State Cycle Learning Center or at the nearby nonprofit Boise Bicycle Project. Want to celebrate with other like-minded cyclists? Join the annual Tour de Fat parade every August.
If you love music, SXSW called Boise one of the hottest music cities. Who are we to argue? Don’t have the cash to travel out of town for spring break? Spend spring break at the annual Treefort Music Festival.
To learn more about Boise, visit boise.org.