Phoenix, AZ (population: 1,635,783) has seven engineering schools within its city limits. Maricopa Skill Center, the highest ranked school in the city with an engineering program, has a total student population of 941. It is the 1649th highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Engineering students from Phoenix schools who go on to become engineers, audio engineers, aerospace engineers, automotive engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,412,730 people working as architecture and engineering employees alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $73,590. Also, Aerospace engineers make on average $96,270 per year and there are about 70,570 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 610 employed aerospace engineers earning an average salary of $80,480. Architecture and engineering employees in this area earn $71,010/yr and there are 39,860 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 23 out of every 1000 jobs in Phoenix are held by architecture and engineering employees, and 0/1000 are held by aerospace engineers.
Of the 7 engineering schools in Phoenix, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Anthem College-Phoenix comes out as the most expensive ($43,008/yr) for engineering students, with Phoenix College as the lowest, reported at only $8,058/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|