Phoenix, AZ (population: 1,635,783) has four computer programming schools within its city limits. University of Phoenix-Online Campus, the highest ranked school in the city with a computer programming program, has a total student population of 380,232. It is the 636th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Computer Programming students from Phoenix schools who go on to become computer programmers, computer security specialists, computer support specialists, computer technicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 367,880 people working as computer programmers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $74,690. Also, Computer software engineers, applications make on average $90,170 per year and there are about 495,500 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 5,550 employed computer software engineers, applications earning an average salary of $84,070. Computer programmers in this area earn $73,560/yr and there are 6,120 employed.
Phoenix 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 Phoenix are held by computer programmers, and 3/1000 are held by computer software engineers, applications.
Of the 4 computer programming schools in Phoenix, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Online Campus comes out as the most expensive ($25,066/yr) for computer programming students, with Paradise Valley Community College as the lowest, reported at only $8,882/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Phoenix|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||48.8 miles|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||75.4 miles|