Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has five gerontology schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Phoenix-Online Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a gerontology program, has a total student population of 380,232. It is the 636th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Gerontology students from Mesa schools who go on to become gerontologists, physicians, clinical dietitians, medical staff physicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,308,380 people working as life, physical, and social science employees alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $65,660. Also, Rehabilitation counselors make on average $34,710 per year and there are about 112,690 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 980 employed rehabilitation counselors earning an average salary of $32,350. Life, physical, and social science employees in this area earn $62,770/yr and there are 11,890 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 7 out of every 1000 jobs in Mesa are held by life, physical, and social science employees, and 1/1000 are held by rehabilitation counselors.
Of the 5 gerontology schools with a 100-mile radius of Mesa, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Online Campus comes out as the most expensive ($25,066/yr) for gerontology students, with Yavapai College as the lowest, reported at only $4,664/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|