Grand Junction, CO (population: 51,481) has thirty-two computer information systems schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Denver, the highest ranked school in this group with a computer information systems program, has a total student population of 11,644. It is the 148th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Colorado (#1 is Colorado College).
Computer Information Systems students from Grand Junction schools who go on to become computer information systems specialists, computer support specialists, network engineers, database engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 287,210 people working as computer and information systems managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $120,640. Also, Computer support specialists make on average $47,360 per year and there are about 540,560 of them employed in the US today.
Grand Junction lies in Mesa county, which is one of the 55 counties in Colorado. Overall, the Grand Junction area has 62,910 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,630 average annual salary.
Of the 32 computer information systems schools with a 500-mile radius of Grand Junction, only 12 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Denver comes out as the most expensive ($31,044/yr) for computer information systems students, with Pima Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,259/yr.