Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has eight forestry schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Northern Arizona University, the highest ranked school in this group with a forestry program, has a total student population of 23,597. It is the 225th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Arizona. To learn more about forestry programs in Mesa, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of forestry professors at Northern Arizona University such as Stephen Dewhurst, Denver Hospodarsky, Thomas Kolb, Pablo Parysow, and Claudia Walecka-Hutchison.
Forestry students from Mesa schools who go on to become forest technicians, foresters, urban foresters, area foresters, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 31,440 people working as forest and conservation technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $36,370. Also, Forestry and conservation science teachers make on average $72,290 per year and there are about 2,380 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are ** employed forestry and conservation science teachers earning an average salary of $46,640. Forest and conservation technicians in this area earn $37,020/yr and there are 100 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 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Mesa are held by forest and conservation technicians, and **/1000 are held by forestry and conservation science teachers.
Of the 8 forestry schools with a 500-mile radius of Mesa, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northern Arizona University comes out as the most expensive ($11,306/yr) for forestry students, with Bakersfield College as the lowest, reported at only $3,187/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|