Phoenix, AZ (population: 1,635,783) has four CAD schools within its city limits. Maricopa Skill Center, the highest ranked school in the city with a CAD program, has a total student population of 941. It is the 1649th highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
CAD students from Phoenix schools who go on to become drafters, architects, computer aided designers, project architects, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 18,290 people working as drafters alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $48,210. Also, Architectural and civil drafters make on average $47,710 per year and there are about 105,320 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 2,060 employed architectural and civil drafters earning an average salary of $49,550. Drafters in this area earn $48,380/yr and there are 80 employed.
Phoenix 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 Phoenix are held by drafters, and 1/1000 are held by architectural and civil drafters.
Of the 4 CAD schools in Phoenix, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Anthem College-Phoenix comes out as the most expensive ($43,008/yr) for CAD students, with Phoenix College as the lowest, reported at only $8,058/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Phoenix|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||48.8 miles|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||75.4 miles|