Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has eight translation schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Prescott College, the highest ranked school in this group with a translation program, has a total student population of 1,119. It is the 521st highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Translation students from Mesa schools who go on to become translators, french interpreters, german interpreters, italian interpreters, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 40,000 people working as interpreters and translators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $45,700. Also, Foreign language and literature teachers make on average $63,300 per year and there are about 27,020 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 150 employed foreign language and literature teachers earning an average salary of $67,310. Interpreters and translators in this area earn $45,590/yr and there are 770 employed.
Mesa 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 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Mesa are held by interpreters and translators, and 0/1000 are held by foreign language and literature teachers.
Of the 8 translation schools with a 100-mile radius of Mesa, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Prescott College comes out as the most expensive ($25,284/yr) for translation 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 Mesa|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||36.7 miles|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||88.8 miles|