Tucson, AZ (population: 551,067) has four networking schools within its city limits. University of Arizona, the highest ranked school in the city with a networking program, has a total student population of 38,767. It is the 834th highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Networking students from Tucson 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 Tucson area alone, there are 1,270 employed computer support specialists earning an average salary of $45,580. Network and computer systems administrators in this area earn $55,840/yr and there are 610 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 network and computer systems administrators, and 4/1000 are held by computer support specialists.
Of the 4 networking schools in Tucson, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Southern Arizona Campus comes out as the most expensive ($24,123/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 Tucson|
|Sierra Vista||AZ||44,234||0||-||0||55.0 miles|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||68.8 miles|