Maricopa, AZ (population: 53,723) has twenty-two networking schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Phoenix-Online Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a networking 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).
Networking students from Maricopa schools who go on to become network administrators, network engineers, network specialists, network managers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 338,890 people working as network and computer systems administrators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $70,930. Also, Computer support specialists make on average $47,360 per year and there are about 540,560 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 9,410 employed computer support specialists earning an average salary of $48,580. Network and computer systems administrators in this area earn $68,730/yr and there are 4,560 employed.
Maricopa lies in Pinal 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 3 out of every 1000 jobs in Maricopa are held by network and computer systems administrators, and 5/1000 are held by computer support specialists.
Of the 22 networking schools with a 100-mile radius of Maricopa, only 9 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Collins College comes out as the most expensive ($43,351/yr) for networking students, with Pima Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,259/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Maricopa|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||21.5 miles|