Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has four criminal justice schools within its city limits. East Valley Institute of Technology, the highest ranked school in the city with a criminal justice program, has a total student population of 270. It is the 1263rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Criminal Justice students from Mesa schools who go on to become criminal justice administrators, public prosecutors, public defenders, judges, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 12,610 people working as criminal justice and law enforcement teachers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $62,750. Also, Police and sheriff's patrol officers make on average $55,180 per year and there are about 641,590 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 9,170 employed police and sheriff's patrol officers earning an average salary of $60,950. Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers in this area earn $52,350/yr and there are ** employed.
Mesa 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 ** out of every 1000 jobs in Mesa are held by criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, and 5/1000 are held by police and sheriff's patrol officers.
Of the 4 criminal justice schools in Mesa, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Everest College-Mesa comes out as the most expensive ($25,179/yr) for criminal justice students, with Mesa Community College as the lowest, reported at only $9,090/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Mesa|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||36.7 miles|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||88.8 miles|