Surprise, AZ (population: 104,876) has nineteen 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 Surprise 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.
Surprise 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 3 out of every 1000 jobs in Surprise are held by network and computer systems administrators, and 5/1000 are held by computer support specialists.
Of the 19 networking schools with a 100-mile radius of Surprise, only 7 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 Yavapai College as the lowest, reported at only $4,664/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Surprise|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||66.3 miles|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||68.0 miles|