Phoenix, AZ (population: 1,635,783) has two EMS schools within its city limits. GateWay Community College, the highest ranked school in the city with an EMS program, has a total student population of 7,863. It is the 5133rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 78th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
EMS students from Phoenix schools who go on to become emergency medical service workers, EMTs, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 217,920 people working as emergency medical technicians and paramedics alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $33,020. Also, Medical and public health social workers make on average $48,340 per year and there are about 133,510 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 1,540 employed medical and public health social workers earning an average salary of $38,090. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics in this area earn $29,600/yr and there are 2,310 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 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Phoenix are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and 1/1000 are held by medical and public health social workers.
Of the 2 EMS schools in Phoenix, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, GateWay Community College comes out as the most expensive ($9,194/yr) for EMS 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|