Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has six biology schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Prescott College, the highest ranked school in this group with a biology 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). To learn more about biology programs in Mesa, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of biology professors at Prescott College such as Bill Litzinger.
Biology students from Mesa schools who go on to become biologists, marine biologists, wildlife biologists, molecular biologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 29,630 people working as biological scientists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $69,430. 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. Biological scientists in this area earn $68,630/yr and there are 130 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 biological scientists, and 0/1000 are held by zoologists and wildlife biologists.
Of the 6 biology schools with a 100-mile radius of Mesa, only 4 have 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 biology students, with Pima Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,259/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|