Phoenix, AZ (population: 1,635,783) has three child development schools within its city limits. Grand Canyon University, the highest ranked school in the city with a child development program, has a total student population of 34,205. It is the 2749th highest ranked school in the USA and the 34th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Child Development students from Phoenix schools who go on to become child development specialists, child psychologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 277,670 people working as child, family, and school social workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $43,540. Also, Preschool teachers make on average $27,450 per year and there are about 389,660 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 5,000 employed preschool teachers earning an average salary of $25,370. Child, family, and school social workers in this area earn $36,280/yr and there are 2,610 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 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Phoenix are held by child, family, and school social workers, and 3/1000 are held by preschool teachers.
Of the 3 child development schools in Phoenix, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Grand Canyon University comes out as the most expensive ($23,629/yr) for child development 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|