Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has six clinical research schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Arizona State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a clinical research program, has a total student population of 68,064. It is the 730th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Clinical Research students from Mesa schools who go on to become clinical researchers, clinical laboratory researchers, institutional research directors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 152,420 people working as medical and clinical laboratory technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $37,860. Also, Medical records and health information technicians make on average $33,880 per year and there are about 170,580 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 2,850 employed medical records and health information technicians earning an average salary of $35,850. Medical and clinical laboratory technicians in this area earn $42,630/yr and there are 1,470 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 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Mesa are held by medical and clinical laboratory technicians, and 2/1000 are held by medical records and health information technicians.
Of the 6 clinical research 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, Apollo College-Phoenix Inc comes out as the most expensive ($20,540/yr) for clinical research students, with Pima Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,259/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|