Sierra Vista, AZ (population: 44,234) has three social work schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Cochise College, the highest ranked school in this group with a social work program, has a total student population of 4,739. It is the 4804th highest ranked school in the USA and the 70th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Social Work students from Sierra Vista schools who go on to become social work case managers, social workers, social scientists, health and social service managers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 73,250 people working as social workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,470. Also, Community and social services employees make on average $42,750 per year and there are about 1,891,320 of them employed in the US today.
Sierra Vista lies in Cochise county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area has 63,670 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $18.48/hr average worker wage, and a $38,440 average annual salary.
Of the 3 social work schools with a 100-mile radius of Sierra Vista, only 1 has 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 social work students, with Pima Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,259/yr.