Tucson, AZ (population: 551,067) has twenty-seven health informatics schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Phoenix-Online Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a health informatics 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).
Health Informatics students from Tucson schools who go on to become health informatics professionals, database administrators, health informatics specialists, health information specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 170,580 people working as medical records and health information technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $33,880. Also, Database administrators make on average $74,290 per year and there are about 108,080 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Tucson area alone, there are 250 employed database administrators earning an average salary of $60,310. Medical records and health information technicians in this area earn $27,240/yr and there are 730 employed.
Tucson lies in Pima county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Tucson area has 362,000 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $40,870 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Tucson are held by medical records and health information technicians, and 1/1000 are held by database administrators.
Of the 27 health informatics schools with a 500-mile radius of Tucson, only 18 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Career Networks Institute comes out as the most expensive ($45,780/yr) for health informatics students, with MiraCosta College as the lowest, reported at only $4,390/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Tucson|
|Sierra Vista||AZ||44,234||0||-||0||55.0 miles|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||68.8 miles|