Phoenix, AZ (population: 1,635,783) has two geology schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Prescott College, the highest ranked school in this group with a geology 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).
Geology students from Phoenix schools who go on to become geologists, mine geologists, project geologists, exploration geologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 14,460 people working as geological and petroleum technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $58,400. Also, Geoscientists make on average $92,710 per year and there are about 31,860 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 110 employed geoscientists earning an average salary of $67,130. Geological and petroleum technicians in this area earn $42,500/yr and there are ** 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 ** out of every 1000 jobs in Phoenix are held by geological and petroleum technicians, and 0/1000 are held by geoscientists.
Of the 2 geology schools with a 100-mile radius of Phoenix, only 1 has 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 geology students, with Arizona State University as the lowest, reported at only $9,603/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|