Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has three animal behavior schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Prescott College, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal behavior program, has a total student population of 1,119. It is the 521st highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Animal Behavior students from Mesa schools who go on to become animal behavioralists, animal trainers, dog trainers, animal scientists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 10,080 people working as animal trainers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $31,080. Also, Zoologists and wildlife biologists make on average $60,670 per year and there are about 17,460 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 180 employed zoologists and wildlife biologists earning an average salary of $50,000. Animal trainers in this area earn $23,220/yr and there are 150 employed.
Mesa lies in Maricopa county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Mesa are held by animal trainers, and 0/1000 are held by zoologists and wildlife biologists.
Of the 3 animal behavior schools with a 100-mile radius of Mesa, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Prescott College comes out as the most expensive ($25,284/yr) for animal behavior students, with University of Arizona as the lowest, reported at only $11,728/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Mesa|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||36.7 miles|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||88.8 miles|