Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has ten cisco schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Phoenix-Online Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a cisco program, has a total student population of 380,232. It is the 636th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Cisco students from Mesa schools who go on to become cisco specialists, cisco technology specialists, cisco certified professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 226,080 people working as network systems and data communications analysts alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $76,560. Also, Network and computer systems administrators make on average $70,930 per year and there are about 338,890 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 4,560 employed network and computer systems administrators earning an average salary of $68,730. Network systems and data communications analysts in this area earn $67,510/yr and there are 2,820 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 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Mesa are held by network systems and data communications analysts, and 3/1000 are held by network and computer systems administrators.
Of the 10 cisco 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, Collins College comes out as the most expensive ($43,351/yr) for cisco students, with Glendale Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,676/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|