Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has four carpentry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Maricopa Skill Center, the highest ranked school in this group with a carpentry 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).
Carpentry students from Mesa schools who go on to become carpenters, construction managers, construction workers, construction engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 743,760 people working as carpenters alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $43,640. Also, Construction laborers make on average $33,190 per year and there are about 856,440 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 15,060 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $30,340. Carpenters in this area earn $38,500/yr and there are 17,770 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 10 out of every 1000 jobs in Mesa are held by carpenters, and 9/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 4 carpentry 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, Maricopa Skill Center comes out as the most expensive ($16,056/yr) for carpentry students, with Central Arizona College as the lowest, reported at only $7,459/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|