Sierra Vista, AZ (population: 44,234) has four allied health schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Eastern Arizona College, the highest ranked school in this group with an allied health program, has a total student population of 7,241. It is the 4560th highest ranked school in the USA and the 65th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Allied Health students from Sierra Vista schools who go on to become allied health professionals, physicians, nurses, forensic nurses, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 271,710 people working as medical and health services managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $90,970. Also, Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists make on average $72,310 per year and there are about 98,330 of them employed in the US today.
Sierra Vista lies in Cochise county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area has 63,670 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $18.48/hr average worker wage, and a $38,440 average annual salary.
Of the 4 allied health schools with a 100-mile radius of Sierra Vista, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Brown Mackie College-Tucson comes out as the most expensive ($17,949/yr) for allied health students, with Pima Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,259/yr.