Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has five computer engineering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Arizona State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a computer engineering 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 .
Computer Engineering students from Mesa schools who go on to become computer engineers, database administrators, computer and information scientists, computer support specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 338,890 people working as network and computer systems administrators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $70,930. Also, Computer programmers make on average $74,690 per year and there are about 367,880 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 6,120 employed computer programmers earning an average salary of $73,560. Network and computer systems administrators in this area earn $68,730/yr and there are 4,560 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 3 out of every 1000 jobs in Mesa are held by network and computer systems administrators, and 3/1000 are held by computer programmers.
Of the 5 computer engineering 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, University of Advancing Technology comes out as the most expensive ($29,351/yr) for computer engineering 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|