Sierra Vista, AZ (population: 44,234) has eight cosmetology schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Regency Beauty Institute-Tucson, the highest ranked school in this group with a cosmetology program, has a total student population of 131. It is the 740th highest ranked school in the USA and the 4th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Cosmetology students from Sierra Vista schools who go on to become cosmetologists, hair stylists, barbers, skin care specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 349,210 people working as hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $27,070. Also, Manicurists and pedicurists make on average $22,150 per year and there are about 53,020 of them employed in the US today.
Sierra Vista lies in Cochise county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area has 63,670 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $18.48/hr average worker wage, and a $38,440 average annual salary.
Of the 8 cosmetology schools with a 100-mile radius of Sierra Vista, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Regency Beauty Institute-Tucson comes out as the most expensive ($26,316/yr) for cosmetology students, with Eastern Arizona College as the lowest, reported at only $7,578/yr.