Buckeye, AZ (population: 61,572) has three environmental engineering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Prescott College, the highest ranked school in this group with an environmental engineering program, has a total student population of 1,119. It is the 521st highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Environmental Engineering students from Buckeye schools who go on to become environmental engineers, environmental scientists, environmental specialists, environmental protection specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 50,610 people working as environmental engineers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $80,750. Also, Environmental scientists and specialists, including health make on average $67,360 per year and there are about 83,530 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 910 employed environmental scientists and specialists, including health earning an average salary of $55,800. Environmental engineers in this area earn $72,170/yr and there are 510 employed.
Buckeye 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 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Buckeye are held by environmental engineers, and 1/1000 are held by environmental scientists and specialists, including health.
Of the 3 environmental engineering schools with a 100-mile radius of Buckeye, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Prescott College comes out as the most expensive ($25,284/yr) for environmental engineering students, with Chandler/Gilbert Community College as the lowest, reported at only $8,352/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Buckeye|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||62.2 miles|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||82.4 miles|