Tucson, AZ (population: 551,067) has four carpentry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Central Arizona College, the highest ranked school in this group with a carpentry program, has a total student population of 6,795. It is the 3781st highest ranked school in the USA and the 52nd highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Carpentry students from Tucson 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 Tucson area alone, there are 1,830 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $28,570. Carpenters in this area earn $39,390/yr and there are 3,090 employed.
Tucson lies in Pima county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Tucson area has 362,000 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $40,870 average annual salary. Thus, about 9 out of every 1000 jobs in Tucson are held by carpenters, and 5/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 4 carpentry schools with a 100-mile radius of Tucson, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Eastern Arizona College comes out as the most expensive ($7,578/yr) for carpentry students, with Cochise College as the lowest, reported at only $3,614/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Tucson|
|Sierra Vista||AZ||44,234||0||-||0||55.0 miles|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||68.8 miles|