Tucson, AZ (population: 551,067) has three computer forensics schools within its city limits. Brown Mackie College-Tucson, the highest ranked school in the city with a computer forensics program, has a total student population of 557. It is the 4768th highest ranked school in the USA and the 68th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Computer Forensics students from Tucson schools who go on to become computer forensics specialists, computer security specialists, computer and information scientists, computer support specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 512,720 people working as computer systems analysts alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $80,430. Also, Computer specialists make on average $78,010 per year and there are about 195,890 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Tucson area alone, there are 410 employed computer specialists earning an average salary of $61,510. Computer systems analysts in this area earn $81,470/yr and there are 1,430 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 4 out of every 1000 jobs in Tucson are held by computer systems analysts, and 1/1000 are held by computer specialists.
Of the 3 computer forensics schools in Tucson, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Southern Arizona Campus comes out as the most expensive ($24,123/yr) for computer forensics 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 Tucson|
|Sierra Vista||AZ||44,234||0||-||0||55.0 miles|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||68.8 miles|