Tucson, AZ (population: 551,067) has fourteen construction schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of New Mexico-Main Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a construction program, has a total student population of 27,241. It is the 1620th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Construction students from Tucson schools who go on to become construction area managers, construction workers, construction professionals, construction superintendents, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 204,760 people working as construction managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $93,290. Also, Painters, construction and maintenance make on average $37,320 per year and there are about 214,240 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Tucson area alone, there are 660 employed painters, construction and maintenance earning an average salary of $33,230. Construction managers in this area earn $90,160/yr and there are 450 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 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Tucson are held by construction managers, and 2/1000 are held by painters, construction and maintenance.
Of the 14 construction schools with a 500-mile radius of Tucson, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Wyotech-Long Beach comes out as the most expensive ($26,010/yr) for construction students, with Yavapai College as the lowest, reported at only $4,664/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|