Mesquite, TX (population: 134,509) has twenty-three computer forensics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Texas Christian University, the highest ranked school in this group with a computer forensics program, has a total student population of 8,853. It is the 142nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Computer Forensics students from Mesquite 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 Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,780 employed computer specialists earning an average salary of $78,970. Computer systems analysts in this area earn $84,190/yr and there are 15,230 employed.
Mesquite lies in Dallas county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area has 2,047,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.17/hr average worker wage, and a $46,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 7.436 out of every 1000 jobs in Mesquite are held by computer systems analysts, and 0.871/1000 are held by computer specialists.
Of the 23 computer forensics schools with a 100-mile radius of Mesquite, only 9 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Southern Methodist University comes out as the most expensive ($28,682/yr) for computer forensics students, with Collin County Community College District as the lowest, reported at only $4,802/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Mesquite|
|Grand Prairie||TX||167,767||3||23.6315||22||25.1 miles|
|Flower Mound||TX||72,721||0||-||0||33.7 miles|
|North Richland Hills||TX||67,133||1||26.4697||12||36.6 miles|
|Forth Worth||TX||-||3||11.7915||4||42.0 miles|
|Fort Worth||TX||751,149||10||30.6263||324||43.1 miles|